58 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2010
Date Written: September 2010
This paper provides both a conceptual framework for decomposing a country's gross exports into value-added components by source and a new bilateral database on value-added trade. Our parsimonious framework integrates all previous measures of vertical specialization and value-added trade in the literature. To illustrate the potential of the decomposition, we present a number of applications including re-computing revealed comparative advantages and constructing an index to describe whether a country-sector is likely in the upstream or downstream of global production chains.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Koopman, Robert and Powers, William M. and Wang, Zhi and Wei, Shang-Jin, Give Credit Where Credit is Due: Tracing Value Added in Global Production Chains (September 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16426. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1685731