We combine an evidence based, empirical research approach with a strong emphasis on causal identification with rich modern and historical data to answer questions in the following areas:
(i) Information Frictions and Globalization
(ii) Innovation in a Globalized World
(iii) Multinational Firm Networks
This research strand focuses on the organization of global value chains, and how multinational firms navigate the complexity of their global operations. Our studies range from the historical emergence of international business networks and connections to how modern multinationals manage their subsidiaries, suppliers and buyers across the globe, how they use technology to do this, and how they deal with disruptions, such as the recent Covid-19 crisis.