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Consumption, Emissions and Security of Supplies
Edited by Stefano Ponte, Gary Gereffi and Gale Raj-Reichert
Stefano Ponte, Gary Gereffi and Gale Raj-Reichert
This introductory chapter provides an overview of what global value chains (GVCs) are, and why they are important. It presents a genealogy of the emergence of GVCs as a concept and analytical framework, and some reflections on more recent developments in this field. Finally, it describes the chapter organization of this Handbook along its five cross-cutting themes: mapping, measuring and analysing GVCs; governance, power and inequality; the multiple dimensions of upgrading and downgrading; how innovation, strategy and learning can shape governance and upgrading; and GVCs, development and public policy.
Globalisation has transformed agriculture trade in fundamental ways. There is a rising share of high-value and processed food products and falling importance of bulky low-value items. At the same time, marketing channels have changed structurally, with larger and more concentrated sellers of final products and inputs involving multinational enterprises. With the growth in demand for processed products, globalisation has also resulted in a concentration in processing. Further, food services sectors and intellectual property issues have become important in agricultural trade. As these changes occur, developing countries have been beset with continuous fragmentation of land holdings, pitching smaller farmers against oligopsonistic buyer and oligopolistic sellers. However, because of changing demand for types of product and product attributes, as well as greater value addition, poor countries and smaller farmers have significant opportunities from globalisation. Exploiting these opportunities requires innovations that incorporate the comparative advantage of smaller countries and farmers and coordination to improve bargaining power.
Since the early 1990s, several emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) have opened up their markets for domestic as well as international financial liberalisation. While we can observe considerable variations in the details of the policies adopted by individual countries, the common denominator across such policy initiatives remains a consistent attempt to invite cross-border flows of private capital into their financial systems involving both domestic and foreign players. With the wave of banking globalisation paving the way to increased foreign bank penetration in emerging and developing economies, this chapter surveys the implications of foreign bank entry in emerging market and developing economies on economic development.
Lena Rethel and Iain Hardie
Bond finance plays an increasingly important role in debates about financial development, if not economic development more broadly. In this chapter, we first situate bond finance vis-à-vis other financing techniques. We will then provide a brief overview of the historical evolution of bond finance and how this has in turn informed the research field. In the section thereafter, we discuss challenges with measuring bond market development. The final section looks at two new and emerging areas of bond finance research of particular importance to low- and middle-income countries, namely, attempts to develop a regional bond market in Asia and the emergence of sukuk, bond-like financial instruments that seek to comply with Islamic principles.
Zovanga L. Kone and Çağlar Özden
While total global migration has been relatively stable as a share of world population, we are witnessing a rapid increase in the number of high-skilled migrants. After identifying interesting patterns revealed by the existing data, the chapter focuses on the economic impact on the sending, mostly developing, countries. The initial focus of the literature was brain drain and the potential losses of tax revenue and productivity spillovers in origin countries. More recent contributions, however, identified several channels through which high-skilled emigration might bring benefits. Among these are the brain gain (endogenous increase in human capital investment) and brain circulation and network effects (knowledge diffusion and global economic integration).