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Globalisation

Research into how firms operate on an international scale. What are the barriers to, and drivers of, globalisation and what are the consequences for workers?

CEP's early work on globalisation in the 1990s and early 2000s helped develop the 'New Economic Geography' explaining how the costs of globalisation affected firms' location decisions. Later research shows how the geography of market access contributes to the differences in per capita income between countries.

As globalisation continues, it is becoming clear that as well as work moving around the world, working patterns are changing. CEP researchers are looking at how informal or 'gig economy' work, often through digital platforms, has become a feature of the labour market in many countries. What will globalisation mean for countries, firms, workers, and the places they live in, and what will happen to those communities who feel left behind?


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