Media & Policy


Katherine Stapleton (2019)

Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development, Background Paper Series; no 26

The changing nature of global trade, along with recent advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, have led to growing concerns over whether the path of manufacturing-led development will remain viable for countries that have yet to industrialise. It is often assumed that automation will reduce the incentive for further offshoring to developing countries or lead to a wave of ‘reshoring’. Yet, so far there is little empirical evidence supporting this assumption. This paper explores the recent changes in global value chains, the rise of automation and the evidence to date on the relationship between automation and global value chains.


"Denser cities could help China reconcile economic and climate goals" with Martin Raiser and Yoonhee Kim. Brookings Future Development. 9th December 2021.

"Why automation in Spanish firms did not cause reshoring", with Michael Webb. 12th December 2020.

"Local labour market effects of the Brexit vote", with Beata Javorcik, Ben Kett and Leyla O'Kane. 20th November 2020.

Policy background papers in progress

"China's development and the environment: A brief history and future prospects", with Jun Ge.

"Firm-level adoption of technologies in Ghana" with Marcio Cruz, Elwyn Davies, Kyungmin Lee, Sally Murray.