Adnan Serič

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Adnan Serič is research manager at the Department of Policy, Research and Statistics of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) where he leads department’s work on global value chains and foreign direct investments. He is also project manager of UNIDO Industrial Analytics Platform (, UNIDO focal point for the T20 and the annual Forum on Globalization and Industrialization. He is an External Fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and previously worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the area of trade and investment policy. Adnan holds MSc. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of St Andrews (UK).

Jan 1, 2019
Sotiris Blanas, Adnan Seric, Christian Viegelahn

Job Quality, FDI and Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Firm-Level Data

Using a unique sample of foreign-owned and domestic firms in Sub-Saharan Africa, we study the differences in the quality of jobs that they offer, and identify how these differences are associated with country-level institutional factors. We find that foreign-owned firms offer more stable and secure ...

Jan 1, 2019
Chiara Franco, Marco Sanfilippo, Adnan Seric

Investors’ characteristics and the business climate as drivers of backward linkages in Vietnam

This paper analyses the factors determining the establishment of backward linkages and their key features once established. To carry out our analysis, we exploit an original survey conducted in 2011 on roughly 1500 investors based in Vietnam. We show that some characteristics of the investor firm, i...

Jan 1, 2018
Holger Görg, Aoife Hanley, Adnan Seric

Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Supply Chains: Deeds Not Words

The disconnect between the lofty aspirations of firms claiming Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and their shortcomings in practice have caused some observers to question its usefulness. The fallout from events like the Rana Plaza catastrophe has highlighted some of these shortcomings—namely, ...

Jan 1, 2020
Adnan Seric, Holger Görg, Wan-Hsin Liu and Michael Windisch

Risk, resilience and recalibration in global value chains

Current global value chains are highly efficient, specialized and interconnected, but also highly vulnerable to global risks. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark demonstration of this point, causing supply-side disruptions in the first quarter of 2020, as China and other Asian economies were hit ...

Sep 16, 2021
Holger Görg, Jann Lay, Stefan Pahl, Adnan Seric, Frauke Steglich, Liubov Yaroshenko

Multilateral coordination and exchange for sustainable global value chains

While participation in global value chains (GVCs) is widely associated with benefits for countries’ development and growth, its environmental and social costs become increasingly evident. Representing core buyer and supplier countries in GVCs, the G20 is particularly suited to tackle this global c...

May 25, 2021

Fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Global Value Chains: The Role of the G20

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