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Dr Jörg Mayer

Visiting Fellow

Jörg Mayer is a Senior Economist at the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) where he is part of the team that prepares UNCTAD’s annual Trade and Development Report.

Currently on leave from UNCTAD, he is a Visiting Fellow with the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at the Department of International Development at Oxford University.

Before joining the United Nations in 1991, he was an economist in the International Department of the German central bank. He holds a PhD in economics from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). His areas of expertise include development strategies and the interrelationships between macroeconomic policies, trade, investment, technology and growth. His recent publications include Industry 4.0 and Impacts on Industrial Hubs (forthcoming); China’s Manufacturing Power Strategy: Advanced Manufacturing (forthcoming); Digitalization and Industrialization: Friends of Foes?; Robots and Industrialization: What Policies for Inclusive Growth?; How could the South react to Secular Stagnation in the North?; Towards a ‘New Normal’ Growth Strategy: China in comparative perspective; Global rebalancing: effects on trade and employment; Has China de-industrialised other developing countries?.

Research at ODID

This research project examines how digitalization may affect economic development and has three parts. The first part focuses on the international division of labour in goods and services. It examines the impact of digitalization on findings of the recent trade literature on heterogenous firms that concerns sunk costs which firms need to incur to start exporting and which trigger changes in the number and variety of products sold by multi-product firms.

The second part is an empirical investigation on how digitalization and the related servicification of manufacturing affects the distribution of value added in manufacturing value chains. This investigation will be based on the 'smile curve' and data on the availability and use of digital technologies.

The third part concerns policies that may best help developing countries to benefit from digitalization and combine income, employment and productivity growth. While recognizing that experiencing the benefits of digitalization is contingent upon the availability of appropriate digital infrastructure and skills, this part focusses on trade and industrial policies designed to enhance sustained growth and inclusive and sustainable economic development in developing countries.

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