The Global Forum website tries to keep track of the ever changing landscape of trade analysis, measurement of trade and trade statistics. The site keeps a database of links to over 150 relevant publications, reports, articles and speeches.


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Handbook of Input-Output Table Compilation and Analysis

United Nations 1999
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The Statistical Commission of the United Nations has been concerned with conceptual or practical difficulties in the implementation of the System of National Accounts (SNA) since it was introduced in 1968. At its 1983 session, the Commission agreed that the SNA should be revised with the specific objectives of clarifying it and harmonizing it with related statistical systems rather than modifying it... more »

International Comparative Evidence on Global Value Chains

Koen de Backer Norihiko Yamano 2012

The past decades have witnessed a rapid globalisation of economic activity which has significantly changed the outlook of the world economy. International production, trade and investments are increasingly organised within so-called global value chains (GVCs) where the different stages in the production process are located across different economies. Until now, GVCs have been largely discussed from a conceptual and theoretical view, but empirical work on international fragmentation has stayed a bit behind… more »

Value Chains in East Asian Production Networks

An International Input-Output Model Based Analysis
Zhi Wang William Powers* Shang-Jin Wei 2009

This paper extends the quantitative measures of vertical specialization proposed by Hummels, Ishii, and Yi (2001) into a framework that includes many countries based on an international input-output model. It not only distributes foreign value added in a country’s exports to its original sources, but also further decomposes domestic value added in a country’s exports into direct exports and indirect intermediate exports via third countries... more »

Vertical Specialization and Global Value Chains

OECD 2009

Advances in transportation and communication technology, together with the low barriers to trade, have contributed in the recent decades to the emergence of a new structure of production and international trade. In several industries, production processes have broken up into several stages or ‘production tasks’ that are no longer closely tightened in time and space… more »

WIOD Project Nov 2009

Robert Stehrer 2009

A powerpoint presentation on The World Input-Output Database (WIOD) Project presented by Robert Stehrer from the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies. The project is funded under the 7th Framework Programme. The project started in May 2009 with prospective end in April 2012... more »