Supply Chains

Lessons for COVID: How natural disasters reshape supply chains

Natural disasters can cause long-term shifts in imports. Image: REUTERS/Nir Elias

Caroline Freund

Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Aaditya Mattoo

Research Manager, Trade and Integration, World Bank

Alen Mulabdic

Analyst, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Global Practice, , World Bank

Michele Ruta

Lead Economist, , World Bank


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Figure 1 Country share of imports from Japan in auto and electronics (average). Image: 6-digit HS 1988/92 import data from United Nations Comtrade.

Figure 2 Global network of intermediate trade, 2018. Image: Taglioni and Mattoo (2020)

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Figure 3 1,189 products could shift to other developing countries. Image: 6-digit HS 1988/92 import data from United Nations Comtrade and GDP per capita (constant 2010 US$) are from the World Bank World Development Indicators (WDI).

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