Call for Papers
National Competitiveness, Scalability of International Value Chains and Location of Production

Washington, DC, April 16-17, 2013

COMPNET Research Network, European Central Bank and Eurosystem
Peterson Institute For International Economics
International Trade Department, World Bank

The organizers welcome the submission of papers identifying changing features of Global Value Chains (GVCs) with a focus on policy options for countries at different levels of income and economic endowment, as well as how those countries can attract and host segments of GVCs in the future that are profitable and durable.

CONCEPT OF THE CONFERENCE: In the past two decades, GVC operations have grown substantially across the globe due to the increased supply of cheap labor, growing domestic markets in developing economies, and reductions in economic barriers to international trade flows, transportation costs and other trade costs. Recently, however, value chains have undergone dramatic changes as companies seek to improve performance in any and all aspects of their product life-cycles, unlock untapped value, and grow in a sustainable manner.

As a result, the geographic splintering of production appears to be slowing down, and new important determinants of value chain location seem to be emerging, such as (i) the advantages of manufacturing proximity to demand; (ii) the increasing importance of integrated regional markets (North/Central America, the "European neighborhood", East Asia/China, etc); and (iii) the increasing competitiveness of the North led by productivity increases (e.g. the automation of many low-skilled activities) and more energy efficient production. The latter is driven by the so-called "digital energy revolution", which is making US energy costs among the lowest worldwide.

The conference will explore the domestic policy options for countries with different levels of income and economic endowment to attract investment and host segments of the value chains in the 21st century in a durable and profitable way.

Taking a forward looking perspective, themes explored will include:
- The changing incidence of labor costs through increases in productivity, greater multichannel efficiency and changes in skill demands;
- Linkages to commercial services inputs (e.g., ICT, containerization, distribution, after-market services) and the incidence on the cost of manufacturing;
- The cost of non-tradable inputs: public services (e.g., bureaucracy, business environment and governance) and energy;
- Efficiency of the financial supply chain, which is closely linked to the physical supply chain (regulatory conditions and level of efficiency and transparency in payment systems);
- How new GVCs change the assessment of national competitiveness and corresponding policy advice (e.g., in terms of FDI attraction, resilience to local and global shocks, "upstreamness", value addition and spillovers, handling of global imbalances, organization of business groups, etc).

PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE AND PROCEDURE: Authors are invited to submit theoretical, empirical and policy papers or a two-page proposal on the suggested topics to the following address (PDF only): Draft papers and proposals should include the title, author(s), affiliation, and contact information. They should address the main question(s) to be examined, relevant literature, unique contribution to the literature, and methodology to be employed. Please submit papers or proposals electronically (PDF only) no later than December 15, 2012. Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2013. Final papers must be received for circulation to participants no later than March 15, 2013.

STYLE REQUEST: Please omit the author names from the first page of the body of the manuscript, but include a separate title page with the title, abstract, and authors' names, preferred email address, and affiliations.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information, please visit the Conference Website:

Posted 10/28/12