SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Structural proportions and functional income distribution in Global Value Chains

Ariel Luis Wirkierman (Goldsmiths)

Date: 23 October 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: ALT

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Distributive effects of integration into global value chains (GVCs) have been analysed from, at least, three different perspectives: inter-country wage inequality, relative intensity of inter-industry labour demand and functional income distribution. The aim of this paper is to explore this latter perspective by refining the measurement of functional income distribution (and its components) in a GVC context. In particular, we aim to quantify the differences in the distributive profile associated to local vis-à-vis international specialisation. And focusing on selected Latin American countries, we uncover key determinants of such differences and how these compare to selected (South) East Asian economies.                                                                                    
Based on a joint paper with Anahí Amar (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC)

Speaker Biography

Ariel L. Wirkierman is a Lecturer in Economics at the IMS, Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on the historical roots, theory advancement and applied analysis of structural interdependence within processes of economic and social change. Before joining Goldsmiths, he was a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU, University of Sussex) working on the European Commission ISIGrowth project. Previously, as a post-doc researcher at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Mathematical Finance and Econometrics (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy), he designed and implemented algorithms and metrics to study Input-Output networks. Throughout his PhD he worked under the guidance of Professor Luigi L. Pasinetti, developing a framework to analyse technical progress rooted in Classical political economy and the Cambridge Keynesian tradition. Before his doctoral studies he was as an economic officer at the Ministry of Economy and Production of Argentina, focusing on Regional Input-Output Analysis. He holds a Licentiate in Economics (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), MSc. in Economics (National University of La Plata, Argentina) and PhD in Economics (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy).

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