Hubert Escaith


Hubert EscaithHubert Escaith is the World Trade Organization’s Chief Statistician and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Economics and International Finance, Université de la Méditerranée, France. Before joining WTO, he worked for the United Nations in the Middle East and in Latin America, where his last position was as Director, Division of Statistics and Economic Modelling at ECLAC (Santiago, Chile). He holds a Doctorate in Mathematics Applied to Economics from Toulouse University (France) and a Master from ESSEC– Business School (Paris-Cergy, France).

Papers Published in World Economics:

Global Value Chains, International Trade Statistics and Policymaking in a Flattening World

The raise of global production networks since the 1980s changed the way we understand international trade and has profound repercussions on development policies and the conduct of global governance. New comparative advantages allow large developing countries to leap-frog through their industrialization process while smaller economies without large internal market or mining resources are now able to build an industrial base. Offshoring also gave the possibility to firms from industrialised countries to remain competitive in front of fast-expanding firms from emerging countries. But in the process, the relative demand for low and medium skilled workers in industrialised countries contracted, and this employment and income effect became a political issue and fuelled demand for protectionism. Unfortunately, the debate lacks accurate data as traditional statistics give only a blurred picture of what is known as ‘trade in tasks’. Before revising the trade and governance implications, the article calls for a new measurement of international trade based on its value-added content in order to have a better understanding of the actual issues.

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