Duke CGGC Mission

The Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (Duke CGGC) undertakes client-sponsored research that addresses economic and social development issues for governments, foundations and international organizations. We do this principally utilizing the global value chain (GVC) framework, created by Founding Director Gary Gereffi, and supplemented by other analytical tools. As a university-based research center, we address clients’ real world questions with transparency and rigor. Learn more about our impact and approach and meet the CGGC team.

Our Services

Since 2007, Duke CGGC has provided over 30 clients with new language and tools to understand globalization and economic development through its contract research. The real-world advice in this sponsored research informs decision-making on topics such as workforce development, the environment, food security, small- and medium-enterprises’ inclusion in the global economy, competitiveness, upgrading and public-private partnerships. Learn More about our Services

Recent Research Reports

Regional Value Chains in East Africa: Summary Report

imageDespite recent regional improvements in poverty reduction and economic growth rates in East Africa, firm productivity in the region remains low. This contrast creates uncertainty about whether the recent successes will persist without improvements in regional networks of production and trade. In partnership with the IGC, Duke CGGC uses the GVC framework to investigate the opportunities for and constraints to regional integration in three key sectors: dairy processing, maize production, and tourism.
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Overcapacity in Steel: China’s Role in a Global Problem

imageThe global steel sector is once again in a state of overcapacity. The sector, predominantly fueled by China’s expansion since 2000, has grown to over 2,300 million metric tons (MT) while only needing 1,500 MT to meet global demand. The result is a global steel sector at unviable profit levels and an influx of cheap steel in the global trading system adversely affecting companies, workers, and the global trading regime. This report was prepared for the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM).
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The Philippines in Manufacturing Global Value Chains: An Introduction

imageThis introductory report outlines the analytical framework employed for the study, examines the Philippines recent economic growth and the recent revitalization of the manufacturing sector and provides an introduction to relevant elements of Philippine investment, trade and education policies.
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