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Upgrading in global value chains: lessons from Latin American clusters

By Elisa Giuliani, Carlo Pietrobelli and Roberta Rabellotti

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It has been shown that clustering helps local enterprises in industrial districts overcome growth constraints and compete in distant markets in advanced and less developed countries. Nevertheless, recent contributions have stressed that more attention needs to be paid to external linkages and to the role played by global buyers to foster upgrading at cluster levels. In this study, we contribute to this debate focusing on the analysis of the relationships existing between clustering, global value chains, upgrading, and sectoral patterns of innovation in Latin America. We find that sectoral specificities matter and influence the mode and the extent of upgrading in clusters integrated in global value chains

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:sro.sussex.ac.uk:21449
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