Research Reports

COMEX (Costa Rica)

Costa Rica in Global Value Chains: An Upgrading Analysis: Introduction: Chapter 1

August 2013   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Penny Bamber, Stacey Frederick, Karina Fernandez-Stark
This introductory chapter outlines the analytical framework employed for the study, examines Costa Rica's rapid shift from agricultural exports to high tech exports and provides an introduction to relevant elements of Costa Rica's investment, trade and education policies.
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Costa Rica in the Medical Devices Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading: Chapter 2

August 2013   |   Durham, NC   |   Penny Bamber, Gary Gereffi
Covering a broad spectrum of products from inexpensive bandages, to technology-intensive hearing aids and tissue heart valves, to high-cost items such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, the medical devices sector offers high growth potential. The report uses the GVC framework to analyze Costa Rica┬┤s position and potential for upgrading in this industry.
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Costa Rica in the Electronics Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading: Chapter 3

August 2013   |   Durham, NC   |   Stacey Frederick, Gary Gereffi
The electronics industry encompasses a vast array of products that feed into markets ranging from consumer products to high-end medical equipment. This report uses the GVC framework to illustrate opportunities for Costa Rica's established electronic component sector to capitalize on other complementary growth markets in the country including medical devices, automotive and aerospace.
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Costa Rica in the Aerospace Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Entry & Upgrading: Chapter 4

August 2013   |   Durham, NC   |   Penny Bamber, Gary Gereffi
The global aerospace sector is a challenging industry to enter, yet several developing countries have been able to make significant in-roads. This report uses the global value chain (GVC) framework to understand the complexity of the industry and the numerous subsystems of which it is composed in order to provide insight on entry strategies.
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Costa Rica in the Offshore Services Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading: Chapter 5

August 2013   |   Durham, NC   |   Karina Fernandez-Stark, Penny Bamber, Gary Gereffi
Costa Rica has been successful in attracting some of the top companies in the offshore services industry to establish operations within the country, particularly in BPO operations and other shared services. This study uses the GVC framework to analyze the country's potential for further upgrading and consolidating its position in the industry.
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