Jo Van Biesebroeck

KU Leuven

Jo Van Biesebroeck is professor of economics at KU Leuven, Belgium, and Research Fellow at Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, UK. His research interests are in international trade, industrial organization and economic development, and he has substantially contributed to the study of firm performance. He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University, USA.

Emmanuel B. Mensah, Johannes Van Biesebroeck

Intergration of African countries in regional and global value chains: Static and dynamic patterns

We study the geographic concentration of trade flows of African countries using information on the global input–output structure of trade from the Eora database. Most countries show a similar concentration between close-by versus long-distance trade in their foreign input sourcing as in their expo...

Jo van Biesebroeck, Alexander Schmitt

Testing Predictions on Supplier Governance from the Global Value Chains Literature

A vast empirical literature analyzes the determinants of the make-or-buy decision, but firms also need to decide how to organize their supplier relationships when they choose to buy. The global value chains framework provides predictions on the nature of buyer-supplier collaboration. We use a unique...

Ari Van Assche, Johannes Van Biesebroeck

Functional upgrading in China’s export processing sector

Functional upgrading occurs when a firm acquires more sophisticated functions within an existing value chain. In this paper, we analyze if there is evidence of this type of upgrading in China's export processing regime by investigating dynamics in the relative prevalence of Import & Assembl...

Loren Brandt, Johannes Van Biesebroeck, Luhang Wang, Yifan Zhang

WTO Accession and Performance of Chinese Manufacturing Firms

We examine the effects of trade liberalization in China on the evolution of markups and productivity of manufacturing firms. Although these dimensions of performance cannot be separately identified when firm output is measured by revenue, detailed price deflators make it possible to estimate the ave...

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