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Maria Gomez Benitez

Research student

María Gómez Benítez is affiliated with The Open University's Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise.

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María Gómez Benítez is a PhD student at The Open University. She studied Economics at Granada University and the master 'International Economy and Development at the Complutense University of Madrid. Her research interests are focused on Development Theory, political economy, structural changes, macroeconomic analysis, and Input-Output techniques.

Previously, Maria made an international stay at Leeds University for six months. She collaborated in 'Strategy and Key Cities: An evidence review focusing on selected industrial sectors' report.

Current research

European Union's Global Value Chains: An Development Approach using Input-output Techniques

Maria's PhD research is on Unequal Exchange and Dependency in the European Union. The research analyses the trade relation between the peripheral and the core countries in the European, mainly, the labour embodies for each country in the value chain, and how it affects to labour costs and competitive advantages of European countries.The objective of the study is to contribute to the European Union studies from a development perspective and political economy using input-output techniques.