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BC3 Seminar: “Global Value Chain Analysis”

March 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

BC3 Seminars
“Global Value Chain Analysis”

 Prof. Erik Dietzenbacher

Faculty of Economics and Business

University of Groningen

The Netherlands


International fragmentation has led to the slicing up of the production chain into ever smaller parts. Countries specialize in tasks and goods and services are transferred abroad as input for the next step in the production process. The key difference with a couple of decades ago is the enormous amount of trade in intermediate products. The consequence is that our measurements, and in particular how we interpret our measurements, are no longer the same. Because one country’s emissions are embodied in its exports to another country’s production process which delivers its goods to a third country’s consumers, territorial emissions do no longer reflect countries’ responsibilities. The central question becomes: “Who emits how much for whom?” The same applies to the standard trade statistics with imports and exports. In the past, it was the case that the exports of a country adequately reflected that this was also value that was created in this country. Due to trade in intermediates, this is no longer the case. The central question thus becomes: “Who works how much for whom?” These are two central questions that require a new metric (i.e. a system of measurements). Global multiregional input-output tables in connection with the global value chain approach have led to a wealth of footprints that can answer our questions and measure what we would like to know.

Lecturer´s Personal Website


Research interests

  • Input-Output Analysis
  • International Trade
  • Footprints and responsibilities
  • MRIO Model

Erik Dietzenbacher obtained his MSc in Econometrics (1982) and his PhD in Economics (1991) from the University of Groningen. Currently he is Full Professor in Interindustry Economics at the University of Groningen. He is also Affiliate Research Professor at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was Honorary Professor at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing.

He was the project coordinator of “World Input-Output Database: Construction and Applications” (WIOD), a large-scale collaborative research project that was funded by the EU in its 7th Framework Programme. He is currently President of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA), Fellow of the IIOA,  Honorary President of the Chinese Input-Output Association (CIOA), Honorary Fellow of the Hispanic-American Input-Output Society (SHAIO), and serves on the advisory board of the Regional Research Institute (RRI) at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

He has co-edited five books and published more than 80 articles in refereed scientific journals. He has been editor of  Economic Systems Research  (1998-2008), is co-editor of Estudios de Economía Aplicada, associate editor of the Journal of Regional Science  and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Structures. He won the An Zijie

1st March, 12:00-13:00

BC3 Offices
(Sede Building 1, Ground floor Meeting Room “kurkudi”, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country, Leioa)

(*The seminar will be in English)

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March 1, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change
Sede Building 1, 1st floor, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country
Leioa, Bizkaia 48940 Spain
+34 944 014 690

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