UNCTAD-Eora Global Value Chain Database

WIR Image This database helps explore trends and patterns in international production through the analysis of global value chains (GVCs), i.e. fragmented and geographically dispersed production processes where different stages are located across different countries.

Compared to the alternative databases, the distinctive feature of UNCTAD-Eora database is a broad geographic coverage, including virtually all countries in the world. Additionally, the new version of the UNCTAD-Eora GVC database also features a "nowcasting" methodology to project value added trade data up to the current year. This time-series of GVC indicators at country/industry level covers a long time period from 1990 to 2018. Results for 2016-2018 are nowcasted based on the IMF World Economic Outlook. When using these data for analyses please present nowcasted results using dashed line or similar to indicate that these values are estimated. Values are in current year '000 USD unless otherwise specified.

The UNCTAD-Eora GVC database supports the GVC analysis in the World Investment Report 2018 (WIR; chapter I, section C.2) prepared by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Minor discrepancies between UNCTAD-Eora and the UNCTAD elaboration in the WIR may be due to (marginal) adjustments by UNCTAD staff.

For an introduction to the calculation of trade in value added based on the Eora Input-Ouput database, see also the IMF Working Paper "Calculating Trade in Value Added" (Aslam et al., 2017). Another recommended introductory paper is "Mapping Global Value Chains" (De Backer & Miroudot, 2013). (This latter paper includes the formula for calculating a GVC Participation Index)



Data Downloads


1. Main GVC indicators by country, 1990 - 2018

Table reporting for each country the main GVC indicators for all available years: value added in trade (VA), foreign value added (FVA), domestic value added (DVA) and indirect value added (DVX).




2. Country by country breakdown, 1990 - 2018

Country-by-country matrix reporting, for each exporting country, the value added contributed by all other countries in the world. Rows show the country originating the VA and columns show the country exporting that VA. Available for all years from 1990 to 2018. Downloadable as a binary .mat file (readable in MATLAB, Octave, Python, and R) or as a ZIP package with one CSV file per year.




3. For each country/sector of exports, VA contribution by each other country in the world, 1990 - 2015

Country by country/sector matrix reporting, for each country/sector of exports, the value added contributed by all other countries in the world. Rows show the country originating the VA and columns show the country/sector exporting that VA. Available for all years from 1990 to 2015. Downloadable as a ZIP package with one CSV file per year.




4. For each country of exports, VA contribution by each other country/sector in the world, 1990 - 2015

Country/sector by country matrix reporting, for each country of exports, the value contributed by all other country/sector in the world. Rows show the country/sector originating the VA and columns show the country exporting that VA. Available for all years from 1990 to 2015. Downloadable as a ZIP package with one CSV file per year.




5. Foreign value added by industry, 2015

Table reporting for each country/industry tuplet the share of foreign value added in export. Year 2015.




Intercomparison and Quality checks

Diagnostic quality check charts

Comparison with the results from the OECD Trade in Value Added Database .