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The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and global value chains

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  • Roger Strange

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This paper considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on firm strategies and, in particular, the configuration of firms’ global value chains (GVCs) once the pandemic has been brought under control. The merits of alternative location strategies (international diversification vs reshoring) are compared, as are the merits of different governance arrangements (internalization vs externalization) for GVC activities. The possibility of fire-sale foreign direct investment is raised, and the wider geopolitical context is emphasized. The widespread human tragedy is noted, as is the dilemma facing national governments around the world in balancing lives and livelihoods.

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  • Roger Strange, 2020. "The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and global value chains," Economia e Politica Industriale: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Springer;Associazione Amici di Economia e Politica Industriale, vol. 47(3), pages 455-465, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:epolin:v:47:y:2020:i:3:d:10.1007_s40812-020-00162-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s40812-020-00162-x
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    5. Paolo Barbieri & Albachiara Boffelli & Stefano Elia & Luciano Fratocchi & Matteo Kalchschmidt & Danny Samson, 2020. "What can we learn about reshoring after Covid-19?," Operations Management Research, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 131-136, December.
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    Keywords

    Covid-19 virus; Pandemic; Global value chains; Resilience; Location; Governance;
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    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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