Shifting trade preferences and value chain impacts in the Bangladeshi textiles and garment industry

Louise Curran, Khalid Mahmud Nadvi

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the debate on the key factors shaping global value chains in the garment sector by focusing on one aspect: namely trade regimes and their related 'rules of origin'. We study Bangladesh, the leading least developed global garment manufacturer, to assess how changes in the European Union's regime for preferential market access affect the trade profile, and upgrading prospects, of Banglades's garment industry. We find that shifting trade preferences play a key role in determining structural transformations within the industry. This calls for more careful consideration of trade regimes within GVC analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-474
Number of pages15
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Global Value Chains; Trade Regimes; Rules of Origin; Textiles and Garments; European Union; Bangladesh

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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