Spain in the Global Value Chains

9 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2017

Date Written: July 11, 2017


In the past 15 years there has been an expansion in world trade accompanied by a growing international fragmentation of production, which has given rise to the so-called “global value chains” (GVCs). This new way of organising production at the international level means that countries specialise increasingly in small contributions to the final product and that companies are increasingly global.

The Spanish economy has also played a part in these developments, although its participation in GVCs is still below the international average. However, from the onset of the crisis up to 2014, the import content of Spanish exports increased, partly as a result of a reallocation of resources towards firms with a greater import content that have gained weight in total exports.

Moreover, Spain is characterised by the fact that it is one of the countries where exports are closer to the final consumer in the country of destination, a phenomenon that has increased in recent years.

Suggested Citation

Prades Illanes, Elvira and Villanueva, Paloma, Spain in the Global Value Chains (July 11, 2017). Banco de Espana Article 15/17. Available at SSRN:

Elvira Prades Illanes (Contact Author)

Banco de España ( email )

Alcala 50
Madrid 28014

Paloma Villanueva

Banco de España ( email )

Alcala 50
Madrid 28014

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