How will Globalization and Urbanization be affected by the pandemic and its economic fallout?
Economic development in the past decades has been driven substantially by the two forces of globalization and urbanization. Will these forces survive the pandemic and its economic fallout?
Some observers claim that fewer people will want to live in cities because crowded environments are hotbeds for infections, or that globalization will be strangled by all new tariffs ushered in by governments to protect jobs. On the other hand, it’s difficult to envision exactly how cities and globalization would lose their economic attractiveness – especially in light of continued technological change and the speed of diffusion of new knowledge.
Join us for a discussion on the future of Urbanization and Globalization:
- May the pandemic actually prompt urbanization and globalization to become stronger?
- What can governments do to support them?
Charlotta Mellander, professor of economics at Jönköping International Business School and author (with Richard Florida) of several books and papers on the rise of creative classes, talents, technology and the location of economic development.
Shanker Singham is the CEO of Competere, an economics consultancy, and an expert on international trade and competition. He has recently launched the Global Economic Neural Network, an initiative to spur the exchange between global hubs.
Erik van der Marel is a Senior Economist at ECIPE and an author of several papers about new global economic integration, through data, services and ideas. He is also on the faculty of the ULB Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management teaching international trade at post-graduate level.
The discussion will be moderated by Fredrik Erixon, Director of ECIPE.