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Innovation, Global Value Chains, and Globalization Measurement—A Workshop

Project Scope:

To inform the work of the Innovation Policy Forum, an ad hoc planning committee under the oversight of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP), in cooperation with the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), will organize a two-day workshop to improve the understanding, measurement, and valuation of global value chains. A global value chain is a network of financially-independent companies located around the world involved in the production of a good or service and its global level supply, distribution, and post-sales activities. Drawing on the expertise of recognized experts on economics, industrial organization, trade, other social sciences; accounting and taxation of multinational enterprises; and statistics, along with the perspectives of personnel of national statistical offices, the workshop participants will:

  1. explore efforts already under way to address gaps in national statistical systems with respect to the impact of global value chains;
  2. offer perspectives on the highest priority efforts needed to improve supply- and value-chain data;
  3. consider how to modify statistical systems to gather and incorporate the improved data; and
  4. suggest ways to help the system respond to ongoing and future changes in the structure and organization of the economy.

The committee will commission original research papers as background for the workshop. A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Status: Current


RSO: Cohen, Gail

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Committee Membership

Susan Helper - (Co-Chair)
Susan Helper is the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She served as the Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2013 to 2015, and as Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in 2012-2013. Her research focuses on how global supply chains affect regional development and innovation. Dr. Helper has extensive NRC experience, serving most recently on the Committee on Strategic Long-Term Participation by DOD in its Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (2019). She also served on the workshop planning committees for Manufacturing USA (2017) and Manufacturing USA Revisited (2018), on the Committee on Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation (2012-2014), and the Committee on 21st Century Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program of NIST (2011-2012). She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her B.A. from Oberlin College.
Wolfgang Keller - (Co-Chair)
Wolfgang Keller is Professor of Economics and Director of the McGuire Center at the University of Colorado – Boulder. His interests are in international trade & investment and economic development, and the international diffusion of technological knowledge. He also has recent work, funded by the National Science Foundation, on comparative development in China and Europe. He has been a resident scholar at the IMF's Research Department, as well as an advisor at the World Bank, where currently he is working on a project that focuses on the micro structure of foreign direct investment. He is member of both NBER and CEPR, and his research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, as well as other journals. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Freiburg.
Nadim Ahmad
Nadim Ahmad is the Head of the Trade and Competitiveness Statistics Division of the OECD’s Statistics and Data Directorate, where he leads the Directorate’s work on globalization, productivity, entrepreneurship, and competitiveness. He is also leading the OECD’s work on the measurement of global value chains and especially women in the global value chains with a special emphasis on developing economies and different kinds of inequalities.

He has produced a number of publications and papers in the fields of the National Accounts, Entrepreneurship, the Digital Economy, the Informal Economy, Productivity, Capital Measurement, Input-Output analyses, Intellectual Property Products, Globalization and Trade in Value-Added, reflecting 25 years’ experience in official statistics. Prior to joining the OECD in 2000, Mr. Nadim conducted Ph.D. research for the UK Admiralty Research Establishment before joining the UK’s Finance Ministry in 1993 and the UK’s Office for National Statistics in 1996.
Davin Chor
Davin Chor is an associate professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a chair in Dartmouth’s academic cluster on globalization, which studies the far-reaching repercussions of globalization on world markets, governments, trade, and society. Professor Chor’s current research focuses on international trade, political economy, and economic history. On leave from the National University of Singapore where he is an associate professor of economics, Dr. Chor has published research on measuring the upstreams and downstreams in global value chains, in modelling global value chains, and in measuring production and trade flows. Dr. Chor received his Ph.D. in economics in 2007, and his A.M. in statistics and his A.B. in economics in 2000, from Harvard University.
Eduardo Morales
Eduardo Morales is assistant professor of economics at Princeton University, a position held since 2013. Prior to Princeton, Dr. Morales was assistant professor of economics at Columbia University, and prior to that a Fellow in International Economics at Princeton University. He researches topics such as innovation in the global firm, the segregation of urban consumption patterns, changes in export behavior, and the effects of international trade and technology on occupational inequality. As a young scholar, Dr. Morales has received honors in his teaching and scholarship from Harvard University and the Spanish Ministry of Education, and is associate editor of two economic journals. He received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics from Harvard University, and his B.A. in economics and law from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Andreas Moxnes
Andreas Moxnes is professor of economics at the University of Oslo and a visiting professor at Princeton University (2019-2020). Among his main research interests are the interaction between globalization and the behavior of the firm, reallocations in product markets and productivity growth, as well as the microeconometrics of trade and multinational production. Prior to joining the University of Oslo he was an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College, as well as an economist at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. Dr. Moxnes has published articles on networks and trade, international sourcing, and the geography of production networks. He is editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics and associate editor of the Journal of International Economics. He is on the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies. Dr. Moxnes received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oslo in 2010.
Justin R. Pierce
Justin R. Pierce is Principal Economist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, a position he has held since 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Pierce was Senior Economist and Economist with the Fed in the Industrial Output section of the Division of Research and Statistics. His expertise is in international trade and industrial organization, where he has contributed research on trade liberalization, the effects of tariffs on U.S. manufacturing, and the decline in manufacturing employment. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University in 2009.
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Kelly Sims Gallagher is professor of energy and environmental policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She directs the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. From June 2014 to September 2015 she served in the Obama administration as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as senior China advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Harvard University Center for Environment. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and she also serves on the board of the Energy Foundation. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She specializes in how policy spurs the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and Ph.D. in international affairs from The Fletcher School, and an A.B. from Occidental College.
Sarahelen Thompson
Dr. Sarahelen “Sally” Thompson is the former deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), a position she held from 2016 until her retirement in 2018. As deputy director, Dr. Thompson worked to improve and expand BEA’s statistical programs. Prior to serving as deputy director, Dr. Thompson was the top executive overseeing international economic statistics at BEA; she led the most significant restructuring of BEA’s international statistics since 1976, played a key role in developing statistics that track new direct investment by foreigners in the United States, and oversaw the creation of a data tool to provide easier access to BEA’s vast array of international statistics.

Prior to her time at BEA, she was director of the Market and Trade Economics Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. Prior to that, she worked in academia, including as a professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and as a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois. She has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Thompson previously served on the NRC’s Panel to Study the Research Program of the Economic Research Service (1997-1999).
Gail Cohen - (Staff Officer)



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In recent decades, production processes of final products have been increasingly fragmented across countries in what are called global value chains (GVCs). While National Statistical Organizations collect a great deal of information on economic performance, trade, employment, and foreign direct investment, this information cannot always be used to quantify the international linkages and flows that characterize these cross-border transactions, especially those related to research and development (R&D) or software. NASEM will hold a workshop to address measurement needs and related gaps in the theory on globalization of research and development and publish a proceedings volume summarizing the workshop discussions.

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