This article looks at the determinants of a country’s participation in business services (BS) global value chains (GVCs). BS GVCs are comparatively less explored than traditional manufacturing ones, and there is a gap in the literature on the relative positions of countries in BS GVCs and the opportunities they might open for development. This article puts forward and finds empirical support to the conjecture that the domestic structure of backward and forward linkages à la Hirschman, alongside the domestic representative demand for BS à la Linder, are of high importance. The results, based on the World Input-Output Database, suggest that the presence of strong domestic backward-linked industries to BS makes an emerging country more likely to create domestic value within BS GVC. Our findings contribute to the debate on a “premature de-industrialization” in emerging countries and on the relationship between levels of development and engagement in BS GVCs.

When Linder meets Hirschman: inter-industry linkages and global value chains in business services / Lopez Gonzalez, J.; Meliciani, V.; Savona, M.. - In: INDUSTRIAL AND CORPORATE CHANGE. - ISSN 0960-6491. - 28:6(2019), pp. 1555-1586. [10.1093/icc/dtz023]

When Linder meets Hirschman: inter-industry linkages and global value chains in business services

Meliciani, V.;Savona, M.
2019

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This article looks at the determinants of a country’s participation in business services (BS) global value chains (GVCs). BS GVCs are comparatively less explored than traditional manufacturing ones, and there is a gap in the literature on the relative positions of countries in BS GVCs and the opportunities they might open for development. This article puts forward and finds empirical support to the conjecture that the domestic structure of backward and forward linkages à la Hirschman, alongside the domestic representative demand for BS à la Linder, are of high importance. The results, based on the World Input-Output Database, suggest that the presence of strong domestic backward-linked industries to BS makes an emerging country more likely to create domestic value within BS GVC. Our findings contribute to the debate on a “premature de-industrialization” in emerging countries and on the relationship between levels of development and engagement in BS GVCs.
When Linder meets Hirschman: inter-industry linkages and global value chains in business services / Lopez Gonzalez, J.; Meliciani, V.; Savona, M.. - In: INDUSTRIAL AND CORPORATE CHANGE. - ISSN 0960-6491. - 28:6(2019), pp. 1555-1586. [10.1093/icc/dtz023]
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