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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: 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)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1057/s41267-021-00410-9

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