Sebastian Krautheim

University of Passau

Sebastian Krautheim is a Professor of International Economics at the University of Passau. His research interests are in international trade, global value chains, and social activism. He is principle investigator of a DFG-funded research project on “Global Production and its Watchdogs: Firms and NGOs in the Regulatory Void”. He holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute.

Pamina Koenig, Sebastian Krautheim, Claudius Löhnert, Thierry Verdier

Local global watchdogs: Trade, sourcing and the internationalization of social activism

International NGO campaigns criticizing firms for infringements along their internationalized value chains are a salient feature of economic globalization. We argue that understanding the international patterns of NGO campaigns requires accounting for the geography of their targets’ economic activ...

Philipp Herkenhoff, Sebastian Krautheim, Finn Ole Semrau, Frauke Steglich

Corporate Social Responsibility along the Global Value Chain

Firms are under increasing pressure to meet stakeholders’ demand for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) along their global value chains. We study the incentives for and investments in CSR at different stages of the production process. We analyze a model of sequential production with incomplete ...

Philipp Herkenhoff, Sebastian Krautheim

The International Organization of Production in the Regulatory Void

In recent decades, a large and increasing number of leading firms in a diverse set of industries have faced allegations of ‘unethical’ practices along their international value chains. In many cases this has triggered consumer boycotts and NGO campaigns, introducing a new link between upstream (...

Sebastian Krautheim, Thierry Verdier

Offshoring with endogenous NGO activism

The process of globalization is characterized by an impressive growth of global value chains, as well as the proliferation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) interacting with multinational firms. This paper presents a model of offshoring and NGO–firm interactions in which offshoring to a low...

Sebastian Krautheim, Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr

Wages and International Tax Competition

We introduce wage bargaining and private information into a model of profit shifting and tax competition between a large and a small country. Shifting profits to the small country not only reduces a firm's tax bill but also creates private information on profitability, altering the wage bargain...

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