International Conference on Measurement of Trade and Economic Globalization
Organized by UNSD and INEGI in cooperation with OECD, WTO and EUROSTAT

  • Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • 29 September – 1 October 2014

In recent years, concerns were raised about the shortcomings of the existing official trade statistics for the purpose of reflecting bilateral economic relations. The high level of import content in exports makes gross bilateral trade statistics unsuitable for bilateral trade negotiations. Trade analysis requires new measures which better reflect the level of interdependencies among countries engaged in global value chains (GVCs). In order to understand the true nature of trade relationships, it is necessary to know what each country along a global value chain contributes to the value of a final product. In addition, it is important to understand how that contribution is linked to those of other suppliers in other countries coming before and after along the chain, and how much employment and income is generated through this value addition.

Within this context the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) in cooperation with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization (WTO) and Eurostat are organizing an international conference on the measurement of trade and economic globalization.

The objective of this international conference is to discuss conceptual and practical ways of measuring trade and economic globalization, through the understanding of comprehensive statistical frame, global production and business practices, requirements and micro-data compilation for a global Supply-Use Table, firm heterogeneity and the impact of global production on national, regional and global economy. This international conference will bring together international and national experts in the compilation of trade, business or national account statistics and analysts/researchers who are interested in measuring trade and economic globalization.

For more detailed information, please see the Concept Note and Draft Agenda.

Day 1: Setting the stage

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:45
Opening Session
09:45 - 10:00
Group Photo
10:00 - 13:00
Morning Session: I - A comprehensive frame for measuring trade and economic globalization Chair: Ivo Havinga (UNSD)
  1. An overview of global SUT and IOT for measuring globalization and the use of natural resources (Arnold Tukker)
  2. The new political economy of resources (Jaakko Kooroshy, Chatham House)
  3. Measuring Trade in value added, jobs and income (Nadim Ahmad)
  4. Towards a new System of Extended International Accounts (Steve Landefeld)
14:30 – 17:00
Afternoon Session: II - Global production and Enterprise Group Registers Chair: Nadim Ahmad (OECD)
  1. Typologies of global production and value chains (Michael Connolly)
  2. Relations and transactions between enterprises (Oscar Lemmers)
  3. Statistics of Enterprise groups (Eurostat)
  4. FDI by ultimate host/ultimate investing country (Eurostat)

Day 2: Micro-data approaches

09:00 - 13:00
Morning Session: III - GVC analysis, Enterprise Classification and Firm heterogeneity Chair: Luis de la Fuente (Eurostat)
  1. Global Value Chains and classifications, statistical units and variables (Stefano Menghinello)
  2. International sourcing of business functions (Peter Boegh Nielsen)
  3. Combining GVC and global I-O approaches (Gary Gereffi)
  4. Measuring Costa Rica’s Participation in GVCs (Manfred Viquez, BCCR)
  5. Measuring Mexico’s manufacturing exports: micro- and macro perspectives (INEGI)
14:30 – 17:00
Afternoon Session Chair: Hubert Escaith (WTO)
  1. TEC (OECD)
  2. STEC (Eurostat)
  3. Domestic content in China's exports and its distribution by firm ownership (USITC)
  4. Firm heterogeneity and extended SUTs (OECD)

Day 3: Integrating the Micro- and Macro-approach

09:00 - 12:45
Morning Session Chair: Steve Landefeld (Consultant UNSD)
IV – Harmonization of international trade and investment
  1. Bilateral trade asymmetries (UNSD, OECD, USITC and Chatham House)
  2. Manufacturing services on inputs owned by others (IMF)
V – Improving input to the national Supply-Use tables
  1. Micro data linking approach in European business statistics (Eurostat)
  2. Linking trade and business statistics (UNSD)
  3. BEC revision (UNSD)
VI – Compiling a global SUT
  1. Measuring GVCs at national, regional and global level (UNSD, OECD, Duke CGGC)
  2. Measuring international interdependencies in value-added, jobs, income and use of natural resources (OECD, WTO, UNSD, Eurostat)
  3. Final Discussion
12:45 - 13:00
Closing remarks – INEGI and UNSD
14:30 – 18:00
Afternoon Session: Meeting of the OECD expert group on extended SUTs

General Documents

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6