What role do skills play in global value chains?

time and place

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10:30–11:45
SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm

The production of goods and services is becoming increasingly fragmented in so-called global value chains. How does this affect which jobs are in demand and which jobs disappear? What does it look like in Sweden and other countries? What measures are needed to prepare the workforce in order to make the most out of global value chains?

A product today can be designed in one country and assembled in another, from parts manufactured in completely different countries. The global value chains have contributed to more efficient production in many countries. At the same time, some jobs may be lost or offshored to other countries, while other jobs will emerge. Where a country places itself in the global value chains depends largely on the proficiency and skills of the workforce.

What efforts are required to meet companies’ needs for skilled, competitive labour? And what measures can increase the ability to retrain people?

We invite you to a seminar in which Stéphanie Jamet, Senior Economist at the OECD, presents the OECD Skills Outlook, which this year examines the way in which the level and mix of skills affects the extent to which countries can benefit from global value chains. The report contains new analyses based on data on adult skills and countries’ involvement in global value chains.

Fredrik Sjöholm, Professor of Economics, gives an in-depth view of the effects of global value chains on the Swedish labour market.

The seminar is organised within the framework of the SNS research project Future Supply of Skills, the aim of which is to contribute research-based evidence to ensure continued competitive skills.

The seminar will be held in English.


Stéphanie Jamet, Senior Economist, OECD

Karin Ljunggren, global mobility manager, ABB

Fredrik Sjöholm, Professor of Economics, Lund University and affiliated researcher at IFN, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

Other speakers will attend.

The seminar will be led by the Helena Blomquist, journalist.

Registration and fee

The meeting is open to SNS members*, those with an invitation and the press. The fee is SEK 395, excluding VAT. The fee will be invoiced. The number of seats is limited. Registration can be made via the form below. In the event of cancellations lodged after 24 May, or in the case of a no-show, the fee will be charged.

* List of SNS members/Information about membership