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COVID-19 could spur automation and reverse globalization – to some extent

Could coronavirus lead to a less global world? Image: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Adnan Seric

Research and Industrial Policy Officer, Department of Policy Research and Statistics (PRS) of UNIDO

Deborah Winkler

Senior Consultant, Principal of Global Economic Policy LLC

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Figure 1 Flexibility and product quality were the main reasons for reshoring. Image: Dachs and Seric (2019) and UNIDO (2019), based on the European Manufacturing Survey 2015
Figure 2 Industrial robots are still concentrated in specific countries and industries. Image: International Federation of Robotics
Figure 3a Relationship between automation and GVC participation in manufacturing varies Image: International Federation of Robotics and OECD TiVA
Figure 3b Relationship between automation and GVC participation in manufacturing varies Image: International Federation of Robotics and OECD TiVA

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