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16 · FEBRUARY · 2010

Call for Papers: VIII ELSNIT Annual Conference

The Euro-Latin Network on Integration and Trade (ELSNIT) is now accepting proposals for papers examining the links between trade and international organization of production along the macroeconomic, microeconomic, and institutional-legal dimensions. In particular, submissions of papers addressing the following questions are especially welcome:

Historical Perspective: When did global production networks appear? What factors did contribute to their emergence?

Extent and Measurement: What are the level and patterns of production fragmentation across countries and sectors? How do global production networks look like? How important is intermediate input outsourcing? What and where inputs are outsourced? How important is service outsourcing? What and where services are outsourced?

Country Characteristics: What country characteristics are decisive to be part of international production networks? Does the importance of these characteristics differ depending on whether fragmentation takes place along component or service dimensions?

Firm Behavior: What makes firms to select between import of goods and services from within their boundaries (“insourcing” abroad) and import from other companies (outsourcing abroad)? What are the main determinants of firms’ performance as intermediate component and service exporters? What are the factors that determine the extent and scope of the interplay between domestic firms and multinational companies located in their territories? What firm characteristics are associated with stronger ability to be involved and take advantage of these interrelations?

Economic Integration: Does economic integration favor the emergence of regional production networks? Are there specific regulations associated with trade agreements that reinforce or attenuate this effect? Does the presence of multinational firms contribute to shape national trade policies?

Institutions and Policies: To what extent macroeconomic, infrastructure, education, competition, and regulation policies affect the international organization of production? Do rule of law and contract enforceability matter? Is there any role for formal and informal organizations such as investment promotion agencies and networks of migrants in explaining the degree and nature of countries’ participation in global value chains? Can public policies (i.e., providers’ programs) shape the patterns of business interactions between multinational and domestic companies? Do the design of institutional arrangements and the mix of policy instruments matter for the effectiveness of relevant specific public policies in this area?