Robots do not get the coronavirus: The COVID-19 pandemic and the international division of labor
Steven Brakman (),
Harry Garretsen () and
Arjen Witteloostuijn ()
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Steven Brakman: University of Groningen
Harry Garretsen: University of Groningen
Arjen Witteloostuijn: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Journal of International Business Studies, 2021, vol. 52, issue 6, No 9, 1215-1224
Abstract We assess the expected long-run consequences of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic and use these as a platform to argue that international business (IB) as a field should expand its research agenda to study the international division of labor. The worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the shift toward the de-globalization of capital, but it will also speed up the move to a stronger globalization of labor. This paradoxical, simultaneous occurrence of de-globalization and globalization offers rich opportunities for future IB research.
Keywords: COVID-19; risk; global value chains; labor markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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