Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/169327
Authors: 
de Vries, Gaaitzen
Chen, Quanrun
Hasan, Rana
Li, Zhigang
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
ADB Economics Working Paper Series 496
Abstract: 
This paper examines the trends in skill and activity upgrading in global value chains (GVCs) and the drivers of upgrading in Asian economies. It uses the newly constructed ADB Multi-Region Input- Output Tables as well as occupation data on jobs by educational attainment and business activities, namely research and development; production; logistics, sales, and marketing; administration and back-office; and headquarter activities. Our results suggest an ongoing specialization process in highincome Asian countries and in developing member countries (DMCs) toward high-skilled knowledgeintensive activities. The pace of upgrading differs across Asian countries, being more rapid and encompassing in the People's Republic of China in comparison to other DMCs. We use a structural decomposition method to account for the drivers of the trends observed. In particular, technological change in GVCs that is biased toward knowledge-intensive activities is important in accounting for the trends observed.
Subjects: 
functional upgrading
global multiregional input-output model
global supply chains
structural decomposition analysis
World Input-Output Database
JEL: 
D57
F16
F63
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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