Strengthening rural value chains in Latin America

By Ramón Padilla-Pérez (UN-ECLAC)

Global actors can interact along local value chains through international trade and foreign direct investment flows, writes Ramón Padilla-Pérez. By leveraging the value chain approach for rural areas, recent policies have led to economic and social upgrading in Latin America.

Latin American countries in general have seen a revival of industrial policies in recent years, amid a […]

February 5th, 2018|Policy & Practice|0 Comments|
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    Foreign direct investment, integration in global value chains and local development

Foreign direct investment, integration in global value chains and local development

By Vito Amendolagine (UNIPV, far left), Andrea Presbitero (IMF, centre left), Roberta Rabellotti (UNIPV, AAU, centre right), and Marco Sanfilippo (UNIBA, Antwerp, far right)

The increasing involvement of developing countries in Global Value Chains (GVCs) could enhance the spillover effects of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), write Vito Amendolagine, Andrea Presbitero, Roberta Rabellotti and Marco Sanfilippo. Our analysis shows a high […]

January 29th, 2018|Impact|0 Comments|

Does inward investment make regions more innovative?

By David Arnold (LSE)

The attraction of foreign firms through foreign direct investment has a positive impact on innovative activities of UK regions, writes David Arnold. This effect is particularly pronounced in regions that engage in high levels of research and development. The current approach to Brexit, however, is stirring fears that the UK will become a less attractive destination […]

January 22nd, 2018|Impact|0 Comments|

The geography of African investment

By Ronald Wall (IHS, Wits)

In recent years, foreign direct investment (FDI) has steadily increased towards the Global South. Africa can take advantage of this trend to promote Africa’s growth potential and drive more inclusive economic growth, writes Ronald Wall. African cities will play a key role in this process by better integrating Africa within global investment systems. This article […]

How to promote inward investment and exports

By Henry Overman (LSE)

With Brexit looming, the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth has been running a series of workshops with local areas to think about different policy responses and consider what the evidence says on effectiveness, writes Henry Overman. One thing that local areas wanted to know was what the evaluation evidence said on export support and […]

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    Understanding the Brexit vote: the interplay between economic internationalisation and cultural openness

Understanding the Brexit vote: the interplay between economic internationalisation and cultural openness

By Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE, left), Marco Di Cataldo (LSE, centre), and Alessandra Faggian (GSSI, right)

The Leave vote prevailed in regions where local workers do not interact much with foreign cultures – yet some of these places rely on jobs created by foreign firms. If internationalisation in the workplace does not match internationalisation ‘at home’, pressure on local workers to opt out […]

December 13th, 2017|Location|0 Comments|

FDI: the cause and solution of the Great Recession impacts

By Diana Tello (LSE)

FDI can act as a channel of transmission to international shocks and as a relevant component of regional resilience, writes Diana Tello. By looking at the economic conditions of Spain before and after the Great Recession, FDI can boost the resilience of regions. However, the extent to which FDI affects resilience varies across sectors.

The Great Recession […]

November 14th, 2017|Impact|1 Comment|
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    Global Value Chains Analysis: A Tool to Promote Economic Development

Global Value Chains Analysis: A Tool to Promote Economic Development

 By Gary Gereffi (left) and Karina Fernandez-Stark (right), Duke University GVC Centre

Global Value Chain (GVC) research can play an important role in addressing key development and competitiveness issues, write Gary Gereffi and Karina Fernandez-Stark. It allows one to understand where, how, and by whom economic, social and environmental value is created and distributed. Various stakeholders can use the results of a […]

October 30th, 2017|Policy & Practice|0 Comments|

Brexit means inward investment to the UK will fall

  By David Bailey (Aston, left), Nigel Driffield (Warwick, centre), and Michail Karoglou (Aston, right).

Supply chains cross borders many times before components go into a final product in any EU country, write David Bailey, Nigel Driffield, and Michail Karoglou. When the UK leaves the Single Market, it will be a less attractive destination for firms wanting to coordinate their resources. […]

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    Innovation and the City: The quest for membership of an exclusive club

Innovation and the City: The quest for membership of an exclusive club

By Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE, left), Arnaud Dyèvre (LSE, centre), and Frank Neffke (Harvard, right).

Innovation is the motor of long-term economic growth, fostering wealth and prosperity. However, world cities and regions are extremely unequal in their potential to innovate. While some cities and regions generate most of the world patents and concentrate most of R&D spending, the vast […]