Global Agricultural Value Chains and Employment Growth

41 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2021 Last revised: 9 Sep 2022

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Sunghun Lim

Louisiana State University, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Sie Won Kim

Texas Tech University - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 8, 2022

Abstract

The rise of agricultural global value chains (AGVCs) has transformed the nature of food production around the world. This paper provides evidence on the job creation effects in response to the expansion of AGVCs in agrarian economies. By using a constructed panel data set of 155 countries for the period 1991-2015, we find that a greater AGVC participation is associated with an increase in agricultural employment growth. We uncover evidence that the positive job creation impact is mainly driven by the processed food sector downstream of global value chains (GVCs) rather than the raw commodity sector upstream of GVCs. We find substantial heterogeneity of impacts that are more pronounced in lower-middle and high-income countries than in low-income countries.

Keywords: Global Value Chains, Agricultural Supply Chains, Employment, Job Creation, Labor Market

JEL Classification: E24, F14, F63, O13, Q17

Suggested Citation

Lim, Sunghun and Kim, Sie Won, Global Agricultural Value Chains and Employment Growth (September 8, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3915758 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3915758

Sunghun Lim (Contact Author)

Louisiana State University, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness ( email )

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Sie Won Kim

Texas Tech University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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