Research Reports

GVC: Apparel

Nicaragua and the Apparel Value Chain in the Americas

March 2014   |   Durham, NC   |   Stacey Frederick, Jennifer Bair, Gary Gereffi
This report explores how U.S. regional textile and apparel manufacturers are linked to the U.S. industry through textile exports and apparel imports and the the role of trade legislation in the past, present and future of the industry in Nicaragua and the United States.
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The Apparel Global Value Chain: Economic Upgrading and Workforce Development

November 2011   |   Durham, NC   |   Karina Fernandez-Stark, Stacey Frederick, Gary Gereffi
Export-processing zones in low-cost countries have become synonymous with globalization, but what is the next step for developing countries in apparel? Outlines the skills required to turn assembly lines into one-stop production centers that include design, logistics and brands.
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Strengthening Nicaragua's Position in the Textile-Apparel Value Chain: Upgrading in the Context of the CAFTA-DR Region

December 2010   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Jennifer Bair
This study examines the competitiveness of the textile-apparel sector in Nicaragua, with the objective of producing a diagnosis of the textile – apparel industry in Nicaragua and the United States, an assessment of the opportunities and obstacles to upgrading, and concrete proposals for steps to be taken in the short and medium term.
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The Global Apparel Value Chain, Trade And The Crisis : Challenges And Opportunities For Developing Countries

June 2010   |   Gary Gereffi, Stacey Frederick
This paper analyzes the recent evolution and impact of the global economic crisis on the apparel industry. This paper was commissioned by the World Bank.
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