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The Global Division of Labour

The common theme of activities in this research area is to empirically assess major aspects of the international division of labor in the globalizing world economy. In this way, we contribute to finding more convincing answers to the challenges of globalization. We focus on the determinants and effects of outsourcing and offshoring through trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) at the global and regional level, i.e., aspects of globalization that appear to be highly relevant in both academic and public debates:

Understanding the Structural Forces of Globalisation
Fotolia_4958641_XXL.jpgOur aim is to draw a more comprehensive picture of the structural changes caused by globalisation, addressing questions such as: How does globalization affect industrial structures and trade patterns of countries and regions? What are the implications of globalisation for labour markets, the distribution of income, and aggregate productivity? In which way does globalisation and technological change affect the economic and social circumstances of life? How successful are countries in adjusting to globalisation pressures and who is bearing the associated adjustment costs?
Firm Strategies in Reaping Globalisation Gains
Fotolia_29637017_L.jpgOur aim is to identify strategies that make firms successful in today’s globalised economy, addressing questions such as: How do exports, offshoring, FDI, and participation in global value chains affect the performance of firms? What hinders or helps the adoption and the success of internationalisation strategies? Which management practices make companies thrive? How do management practices affect the decisions about internationalisation strategies?
Public Policy under Globalisation
iStock_17330909Large_zuschnitt.jpgOur aim is to analyse the role of public policies and institutions under globalisation, addressing questions such as: What are the effects of trade policies on international trade and foreign direct investment, employment and productivity, and welfare Which policies help easing and accelerating the adjustment processes demanded by globalisation? How can welfare state policies shape the effects of globalisation, and what are the implications of welfare state policies on aggregate employment and productivity? What types of institutions become ineffective under globalisation, and how can societies respond to this?

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