Pol Antràs

Harvard University

Pol Antràs is Robert G. Ory Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2003. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he served as Director of the International Trade and Organization (ITO) Working Group. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and is a member of CESifo’s Research Network. His teaching and research fields are international economics and applied theory. His most recent work is focused on global value chains, on the interplay between globalization and interest rates, on global pandemics, and on international relations.

Edited by Pol Antràs and David Zilberman

Risks in Agricultural Supply Chains

An essential guide to the role of microeconomic incentives, macro policies, and technological change in enhancing agriculture resilience. Climate change and the recent COVID-19 pandemic have exposed the vulnerability of global agricultural supply and value chains. There is a growing awareness of ...

Pol Antràs, Evgenii Fadeev, Teresa C. Fort, Felix Tintelnot

Exporting, Global Sourcing, and Multinational Activity: Theory and Evidence from the United States

Multinational firms (MNEs) dominate trade flows, yet their foreign production decisions are often ignored in firm-level studies of exporting and importing. Using newly merged data on US firms' trade and global production, we show that MNEs are more likely to trade with countries that are proxim...

De-Globalization and the Future of GVCs

Laura Alfaro, Pol Antràs, Davin Chor, and Paola Conconi

Internalizing Global Value Chains: A Firm-Level Analysis

A key decision facing firms is the extent of control to exert over the different stages in their production processes. We develop and test a property rights model of firm boundary choices along the value chain. We construct firm-level measures of the upstreamness of integrated and nonintegrated inpu...

Davin Chor, Pol Antràs

On the measurement of upstreamness and downstreamness in global value chains

This paper offers four contributions to the empirical literature on global value chains (GVCs). First, we provide a succinct overview of several measures developed to capture the upstreamness or downstreamness of industries and countries in GVCs. Second, we employ data from the World Input-Output Da...

Antràs, Pol, Teresa C. Fort, Felix Tintelnot

The Margins of Global Sourcing: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Firms

We develop a quantifiable multi-country sourcing model in which firms self-select into importing based on their productivity and country-specific variables. In contrast to canonical export models where firm profits are additively separable across destination markets, global sourcing decisions natur...

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