Global Value Chains, Functional Specialisation and Labour Markets

23  November 2022    10:00 am CET

Study presentation and panel discussion

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wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna - Souterrain


The emergence of global value chains has radically changed the organisation of production in the EU economy. In particular, the increasingly fine-grained international division of labour has made it possible for countries to specialise in individual business functions of the value chain. In a project sponsored by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, the Vienna Institute for International Economics Studies (wiiw) and the Gdańsk University of Technology investigate the positions of EU member states along this functional dimension, and shed light on the determinants and implications associated with such positioning. Putting the emphasis on the labour market, the research highlights that labour market factors can influence the functional position of countries and also that functional specialisation patterns affect working conditions, including wages. The half-day event will consist of two sessions: in the first one, the main results emerging from this project will be presented and in the second part, a policy panel of labour market experts will address the interplay between global value chains and labour markets.


10:00-10:30 Welcome & Introduction
Stefan Lücking, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
Mario Holzner, wiiw

10:30-11:30 Functional division of labour in EU value chains (Presentations)
Patterns of functional specialisation in the EU │ Determinants of functional specialisation in the EU │ Labour market effects of functional specialisation
Zuzana Zavarska, wiiw
Aleksandra Kordalska, Gdánsk University of Technology
Roman Stöllinger, wiiw

Discussion, Q&A

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:30 Global value chains and the labour market (Panel discussion)
Stefan Lücking, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
Wouter Zwysen, European Trade Union Institute
Ewa Flaszyńska, Ministry of Family and Social Policy, Warsaw
Sepp Zuckerstätter, Austrian Chamber of Labour

Sandra Leitner (Moderation), wiiw

Discussion, Q&A