International trade is increasingly taking place through complex network structures that crisscross the globe to combine raw materials, manufactured inputs, producer services, and assembly processes. Goods effectively cross borders numerous times before reaching the final consumer in the importing market.

DTC and its Principal, Dr. Ben Shepherd, have been engaged in innovative work on these kinds of Global Value Chains (GVCs).From analyzing their employment effects, to mapping their spread using newly collected data on Trade in Value Added, to examining the determinants of a country’s ability to connect to GVCs, DTC has leveraged quantitative expertise to provide policy-relevant knowledge products.