Holger Görg

Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Centre for Globalization

Holger Görg is Professor of International Economics at the University of Kiel, Head of the Research Center “International Trade and Investment” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and Director of the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG). He is also affiliated with the Tuborg Centre for Globalisation and Firms at Aarhus University, GEP at Nottingham University and IZA. Before joining Kiel in 2008 he was on the staff at the University of Nottingham, the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and University College Cork. He completed a Ph.D. in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests are in empirical international trade and industrial organisation focusing in particular on the activities of multinational companies, foreign direct investment, and international outsourcing. Holger Görg has also worked as Consultant for, among others, The World Bank, European Commission, UNIDO, UN Economic Commissions for Europe and Africa, and various governments.

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Jan 1, 2018
Holger Görg, Aoife Hanley, Adnan Seric

Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Supply Chains: Deeds Not Words

The disconnect between the lofty aspirations of firms claiming Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and their shortcomings in practice have caused some observers to question its usefulness. The fallout from events like the Rana Plaza catastrophe has highlighted some of these shortcomings—namely, ...


Jan 1, 2020
Adnan Seric, Holger Görg, Wan-Hsin Liu and Michael Windisch

Risk, resilience and recalibration in global value chains

Current global value chains are highly efficient, specialized and interconnected, but also highly vulnerable to global risks. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark demonstration of this point, causing supply-side disruptions in the first quarter of 2020, as China and other Asian economies were hit ...


Jan 1, 2020
Haiou Mao, Holger Görg

Friends like this: The impact of the US–China trade war on global value chains

This paper considers the indirect impact the recent tariff increases between the United States and China can have on third countries through links in global supply chains. We combine data from input–output relationships, imports and tariffs, to calculate the impact of the tariff increases by both ...


Jan 1, 2019
Sourafel Girma, Holger Görg, Erasmus Kersting

Which boats are lifted by a foreign tide? Direct and indirect wage effects of foreign ownership

The attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) is considered to be of particular importance for emerging economies because it represents a channel through which international convergence in standards of living may be achieved. One important effect of FDI is its impact on wages, both within the ta...


Jan 1, 2017
Holger Görg, Erasmus Kersting

Vertical integration and supplier finance

This paper studies access to finance by suppliers that are linked to a multinational enterprise. The theoretical framework consists of a property rights model featuring suppliers that are either vertically integrated or sell to the multinational at arm's length, which in turn affects the availa...


Sep 16, 2021
Holger Görg, Jann Lay, Stefan Pahl, Adnan Seric, Frauke Steglich, Liubov Yaroshenko

Multilateral coordination and exchange for sustainable global value chains

While participation in global value chains (GVCs) is widely associated with benefits for countries’ development and growth, its environmental and social costs become increasingly evident. Representing core buyer and supplier countries in GVCs, the G20 is particularly suited to tackle this global c...


Jan 25, 2023

Friendshoring: Rather a myth than reality

May 25, 2021

Fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Global Value Chains: The Role of the G20

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