Tobias Reisch: “Inequality in economic shock exposures across the global firm-level supply network”

Oct 17, 2022Oct 21, 2022

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CSH scientist Tobias Reisch will give a talk at the Conference on Complex Systems CCS 2022, which takes place Oct 17–26, 2022 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.


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For centuries, national economies created wealth by engaging in international trade and production. The resulting international supply networks not only increase wealth for countries, but also create systemic risk: economic shocks, triggered by company failures in one country, may propagate to other countries.


Using global supply network data on the firm-level, we present a method to estimate a country’s exposure to direct and indirect economic losses caused by the failure of a company in another country. We show the network of systemic risk-flows across the world. We find that rich countries expose poor countries much more to systemic risk than the other way round. We demonstrate that higher systemic risk levels are not compensated with a risk premium in GDP, nor do they correlate with economic growth. Systemic risk around the globe appears to be distributed more unequally than wealth.


These findings put the often praised benefits for developing countries from globalized production in a new light, since they relate them to the involved risks in the production processes. Exposure risks present a new dimension of global inequality, that most affects the poor in supply shock crises. It becomes fully quantifiable with the proposed method.



About CCS


The CCS is the largest and most important annual meeting of the international complex systems community. It comes under the auspices of the Complex Systems Society. This edition, organized by IFISC, takes place after previous events hold in Lyon, Online, Singapore, Thessaloniki and Cancun.


Oct 17, 2022
Oct 21, 2022


Conference on Complex Systems CCS 2022


Palma de Mallorca Convention Center
Paseo Marítimo, 18
Palma de Mallorca,Iles Balears07014Spain
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