The organization of production in GVCs is a phenomenon of great importance. At the macro level, it has a significant impact on the productive specialization of individual countries, which now in large part compete on individual phases (for example, R & D, Design, Assembly, Logistics) rather than on final goods. At the micro level, it offers opportunities of various kinds to firms, depending on their positioning and the capacity to move along the GVC and settle on more remunerative tasks (the so-called upgrading process).
The Italian economy has been characterized by growing integration into GVCs. In fact, according to the index of GVCs participation, Italy ranks equal with Germany and France. At micro level, Italian firms seem to be involved in GVCs mainly as intermediate firms: that is, they sell to other firms rather than operating in the market for finished goods.
The research carried out by the Rossi-Doria Centre covers both macro aspects – the trade in value added- and firms level analyses.
Economists of the Rossi-Doria Centre are involved in national and international research projects and in various networks connected with the GVCs line of research: Horizon 2020; Italian Trade Study Group; European Trade Study Group; International Agricultural Trade Research Network, Duke Global Value Chain Centre.
The Rossi-Doria Centre organizes on a regular basis international Workshops focused on GVC.