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Automotive international trade networks: A comparative analysis over the last two decades

Automotive international trade networks: A comparative analysis over the last two decades

Gorgoni, Sara, Amighini, Alessia and Smith, Matthew (2018) Automotive international trade networks: A comparative analysis over the last two decades. Network Science, 6 (4). pp. 571-606. ISSN 2050-1242 (Print), 2050-1250 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/nws.2018.18)

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Abstract

This paper explores the structural changes in the international organisation of automotive production since the early 1990s. We apply descriptive network measures to international trade data for the period 1993-2013 for three automotive component groups with different technological intensity, with the aim of understanding: 1) How the automotive international trade network has changed since the beginning of the 1990s; 2) Whether regionalisation has increased over time; 3) How the role that rising powers play within and between regions interacts with regionalisation patterns. Our findings suggest that the structure of trade has changed significantly over the last two decades in all components. The network for electric and electrical parts and engines has evolved to become more hierarchical, with a cohesive core tied to hangers-on in the periphery, while the opposite has happened for rubber and metal. Regionalisation patterns also show important differences across components. Finally, we have found an apparent association between the strengthening of regionalisation patterns and the role played by traditional players and rising powers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automotive industry; Parts and components trade; Intermediate trade; Fragmentation; Regionalisation; Multipolarity; BRICs; Rising powers; Network analysis; Core-periphery; E-I Index; Brokerage roles
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 18:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19939

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