International Trade and Innovation

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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

This research strand studies an important but understudied barrier to international trade: information frictions. While our world has become increasingly globalized, trade economists frequently point out that the world is still far from being flat. Given that trade tariffs and freight cost are at an historical all time low, there must be other, indirect trade barriers that explain this: for example, information frictions. In this context, we also study in which ways ICT can help to reduce these frictions.

(ii) Innovation in a Globalized World

In this research strand we examine innovation in the context of a globalized world: how globalization affects innovation, how innovations have global implications, and how knowledge spreads internationally

(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.