Tue. Jan 18th, 2022

JANUARY 14, 2022

Authors/Editors: Vizhdan Boranova,Raju Huidrom,Ezgi O. Ozturk,Ara Stepanyan,Petia Topalova,Shihangyin (Frank) Zhang

The auto sector is macro-critical in many European countries and constitutes one of the main supply chains in the region. Using a multi-sector and multi-country general equilibrium model, this paper presents a quantitative assessment of the impact of global pandemic-induced labor supply shocks—both directly and via supply chains—during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic on the auto sector and aggregate activity in Europe.

Our results suggest that these labor supply shocks would have a significant adverse impact on the major auto producers in Europe, with one-third of the decline in the value added of the car sector attributable to spillovers via supply chains within and across borders. Within borders, the pandemic-induced labor supply shocks in the services sector have a bigger adverse impact, reflecting their larger size and associated demand effects. Across borders, spillovers from the pandemic-induced labor supply shocks that originate in other European countries are larger than those that originate outside the region, though the latter are still sizable.

Source – IMF: Working Paper No. 2022/006 : Cars in Europe: Supply Chains and Spillovers during COVID-19 Times