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Global Value Chains & Development

Can global value chain PPPs reach the poor? Latest lessons learned

February 27, 2015   |   Adva Saldinger, Ajmal Abdulsamad   |   Devex Impact
Global value chains are ripe with partnership opportunities between governments, donors and businesses. While they often result in economic benefits, it’s time to take a look at how those gains are distributed — and whether they impact the poor.
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Summit on the Global Agenda 2014 - Press Conference on the Future of Manufacturing Report Launch

November 10, 2014   |   World Economic Forum
The finance sector has come through one of its biggest crises. But are the right measures in place to prevent a crash happening again, and how can centres such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi establish themselves as genuine global financial hubs?
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The Tangible Case for Infrastructure Investment

October 21, 2014   |   Scott Paul, Lukas Brun, G. Jason Jolley, Andrew Hull, Stacey Frederick   |   Huffington Post
A who's who of international economy watchers are imploring Washington to do what it hasn't done in nearly a decade: Pass a long-term, large-scale infrastructure plan.
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How piecemeal approach to fixing transportation infrastructure may have cost America almost 1M jobs

October 16, 2014   |   Jason deBruyn, Lukas Brun, G. Jason Jolley, Andrew Hull, Stacey Frederick   |   Triangle Business Journal
A federal piecemeal approach to rebuilding America’s lagging transportation infrastructure has cost this country more than 900,000 jobs, according to Duke University social science researchers.
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Infrastructure Investment Creates American Jobs

October 15, 2014   |   Lukas Brun, G. Jason Jolley, Andrew Hull, Stacey Frederick   |   Infrastructure Investment Creates American Jobs
A piecemeal federal policy approach to investing in the nation’s decaying transportation infrastructure has cost America over 900,000 jobs – specifically, more than 97,000 manufacturing jobs – and is creating a significant drag on the economy.
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No Reason to Wait: Rebuild Now to Save American Competitiveness

October 15, 2014   |   Lukas Brun, G. Jason Jolley, Andrew Hull, Stacey Frederick   |   Alliance for American Manufacturing
Washington, D.C. -- Washington’s piecemeal approach to investing in the nation’s decaying transportation infrastructure costs the United States over 900,000 jobs – more than 97,000 in manufacturing – and makes the United States less competitive than its top trading partners, according to a new report by the Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC).
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International Development Organizations To Use The Global Value Chain (GVC)

July 28, 2014   |   Gary Gereffi, Xubei Luo   |   Ideas for Africa
The African Development Bank, OECD Development Centre, and the United Nations Development Programme became the latest international development organisations to use the global value chain (GVC) framework in examining Africa’s potential integration into GVCs in the 2014 African Economic Outlook: Global Value Chains and Africa’s Industrialisation (AfDB, OECD, and UNDP 2014). Global value chains have become increasingly prominent within the development community, and there has been an active debate about whether the framework is being used to advance neo-liberal or pro-poor development objectives (Dalle et al. 2014). Actually, both arguments are valid. While the explosion of inter-firm trade in intermediate products and ‘trade in tasks’ has indeed transformed the way we think about competitiveness and global trade (Lamy 2013, Timmeret al. 2013), GVC scholars are also advancing a new development agenda by highlighting the risks as well as the opportunities associated with participation in GVCs, and assessing how both economic and social upgrading might occur in developing economies (Gereffi and Luo 2014).
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Global Research, Domestic Benefits

January 14, 2014   |   David Jarmul   |   Duke Today
Experts in diverse fields collaborate regularly with colleagues in the developing world
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Costa Rica debe optar por investigación y desarrollo para perfeccionar la cadena de valor

August 07, 2013   |   Gilda González Sandoval,STACEY FREDERICK, JENNIFER BAIR, GARY GEREFFI   |   El Financiero newspaper
Es la conclusión del Centro de Globalización, Gobernanza y Competitividad, de la Universidad de Duke, Estados Unidos, en un estudio realizado para el Ministerio de Comercio Exterior (Comex).
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Participación de Costa Rica en cadenas globales de valor: mapeo y perspectivas futuras

August 07, 2013   |   Ministerio de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica, STACEY FREDERICK, JENNIFER BAIR, GARY GEREFFI   |   Ministerio de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica

Gary Gereffi and , August 7, 2013Prof. Gary Gereffi, Director del Centro de Globalización, Gobernanza y Competitividad, Duke University & Sra. Anabel González, Ministra de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica






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Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade: “Connecting to value chains”

July 08, 2013   |   WTO

Gary Gereffi hosting the Panel at WTO Aid for Trade, July 2013The 4th Global Review was underpinned by an extensive monitoring exercise by the OECD and WTO, together with Grow Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Trade Centre, the International Telecommunications Union and the World Tourism Organization. Results from this monitoring exercise informed debate at the Review meeting.




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Women's Untapped Potential: Examining Gender Dynamics in Global Trade

April 09, 2013   |   Cornelia Staritz, co-authors: Penny Bamber, Julia Oliver   |   the World Bank's The Trade Post blog
Introducing the report :Global Value Chains, Economic Upgrading and Gender
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Coal Use Rising Internationally, Environmentalists Must Shape Its Course

March 27, 2013   |   Dan Vermeer, Ph. D., and Josh Seidenfeld   |   the energy collective
No one expects environmentalists to love coal. Most of us know the black rock is among the planet’s biggest sources of carbon, mercury, and other pollution – and that’s without even looking at the destructive methods of coal mining, such as mountaintop removal.
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CGGC Nicaragua Delegation Meeting

March 20, 2013

Baltodano, Samuels and GlasOn March 20, 2013, a delegation from Nicaragua led by General Alvaro Baltodano, Presidential Delegate for Investment, Promotion and Foreign Trade, met with Stacey Frederick, Research Scientist, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Senior Research Analyst and Mike Hensen, Assistant Director, all of the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), an SSRI affiliate, to follow up on a 2010 CGGC research project led my CGGC Director and Duke Professor of Sociology Gary Gereffi on improving the competitiveness of Nicaragua's textiles and apparel industry. This study, co-authored by Gereffi and Duke alumnus and current University of Colorado faculty member Jennifer Bair and a team of CGGC staff researchers, led the research team to Nicaragua in the fall of 2010 to interview textile and apparel companies, and government officials involved in trade promotion in this sector. The recent visit to Duke, facilitated by Ambassador Michael Samuels, President of Samuels International Affiliates who was further accompanied by Ms. Kimberly Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel in the US Department of Commerce, was to discuss possible future CGGC research targeted at identifying new growth strategies for Nicaragua in textiles, including attracting foreign direct investment in Nicaragua, that would increase national employment and improve Nicaragua's overall global market share in this industry.

In the photo, from the left, Baltodano, Samuels and Glas

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Progress Enterprise: Ships Could Start Here

January 30, 2013   |   Adam Jacobs, Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun, Shawn Stokes, Andrew Guinn   |   South Shore Now
There is a simple reason why Irving should bring subcontracts of its national shipbuilding contract to Lunenburg. Mr. Kinley was speaking to the media shortly after Premier Darrell Dexter announced the results of Duke University’s (Durham, North Carolina) Centre on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness study, which suggests Nova Scotia should be at the centre of Canada’s shipbuilding future.
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Sydney companies mentioned in shipbuilding report

January 29, 2013   |   Ryan Van Horne,Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun, Shawn Stokes, Andrew Guinn   |   Cape Breton Post
HALIFAX — The owner of a Sydney company touted in a Duke University report on Nova Scotia’s shipbuilding capability says the mention is a feather in his company’s cap.
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Ships contract creates opportunities offshore

January 25, 2013   |   Remo Zaccagna,Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun, Shawn Stokes, Andrew Guinn   |   The Chronicle Herald
Report author stresses potential for firms with nautical expertise to find markets elsewhere.
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NS must become centre of shipbuilding excellence, study says

January 24, 2013   |   BEVERLEY WARE,Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun, Shawn Stokes, Andrew Guinn   |   The Chronicle Herald
... companies over the next little while,” Dexter said of the study, conducted by Duke University's Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness.
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Shipbuilding contracts should lead to 30 years of opportunity

January 24, 2013   |   Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun, Shawn Stokes, Andrew Guinn   |   NG News
Duke University's Centre on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness in Durham, NC, prepared the study, which shows how local companies could become ...
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The value beyond ships

January 24, 2013   |   Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun, Shawn Stokes, Andrew Guinn   |   The Chronicle Herald Editorial
SHIPS Start Here doesn’t stop with ships. And the local opportunity to be reaped from the $33-billion worth of ships Ottawa will be building over the next 30 years isn’t limited to the patrol ships and frigates that Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will be building in Halifax. That’s the message Nova Scotia businesses should draw from the Shipbuilding Value Chains analysis the province commissioned from Duke University researchers and released Thursday in Lunenburg.
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Charting a Course for 30 Years of Work

January 24, 2013   |   Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun, Shawn Stokes, Andrew Guinn   |   Nova Scotia - Social Media Release
The province is helping Nova Scotians get ready to make the most of the federal shipbuilding contracts that will bring 30 years of opportunities and good jobs. Premier Darrell Dexter released an analysis of the range of activities needed to create, produce, deliver and maintain the arctic offshore patrol ships, polar icebreaker, and research vessels.
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CGGC Irish Delegate Meeting

February 24, 2012
Discussed expertise in NC in the global economy and recent center research on smart grids.
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Is the U.S. Experiencing its First Brain Drain?

April 01, 2009   |   NAM
The United States has long served as a magnet for the world's talented scientists, engineers and mathematicians. But, this trend may now be reversing and the United States may be experiencing the first brain drain in its history.
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Work Visa Numbers Get Squishy

April 01, 2009   |   Wall Street Journal
Research conducted at Duke University contributes to study that shows both sides in the debate over employee immigration policies misuse data to advance their positions on the issue.
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Soapbox: Cold Welcome in the U.S.

March 29, 2009   |
Duke University researchers participate in study that shows entrepreneurship in the US technology sector is fuelled by immigrant engineers and scientists.
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Will Globalization Move to Center Stage in American Election?

September 03, 2008   |
In this article published by, CGGC Director Gary Gereffi comments on international trade as a 2008 election issue.
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The Global Value Chain Initiative and Other Value Chain Research: A Digital Interview with Dr. Gary Gereffi

February 21, 2008   |   Gary Gereffi   |   USAID
Jeanne Downing interviews Dr. Gary Gereffi as part of microLINKS Conversations, a series featuring interviews with microenterprise practitioners and experts, Microenterprise Development, US Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C. This interview provides an overview of how the GVC approach has been institutionalized at Duke and elsehwere.
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How Getting Chummy with China Helps North Carolina

September 20, 2007   |   Gary Gereffi   |   Raleigh News & Observer
An op-ed by Gary Gereffi in the Raleigh News & Observer based on testimony he gave to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on September 6, 2007.

Wal-Mart Research

November 16, 2004   |   PBS Frontline
This project examines the rise of Wal-Mart and other global retailers and their diverse impact on national and international economies, as well as global commodity chains.
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