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 the analysis of global value chains and on the interplay between trade, inequality and costly redistribution.

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Jan 1, 2019
Laura Alfaro, Pol Antràs, Davin Chor, 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...


Jan 1, 2018
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...


Jan 1, 2017
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...


Apr 7, 2021

De-Globalization and the Future of GVCs

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