Robustness and resilience of supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic

Yasuyuki Todo, Keita Oikawa, Masahito Ambashi, Fukunari Kimura, Shujiro Urata

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Using a unique firm-level data set from Asia, this study examines what determined the robustness and resilience of supply chain links, that is, the ability of maintaining links and recovering disrupted links by substitution, respectively, when firms faced economic shocks due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We find that a supply chain link was likely to be robust if the link was between a foreign-owned firm and a firm located in the foreign-owned firm's home country, implying that homophily on a certain dimension generates strong ties and thus supply chain robustness. We also find that firms with geographic diversity of customers and suppliers tended to increase their transaction volume with one partner while decreasing the volume with others. This evidence shows that firms with diversified customers and suppliers are resilient, mitigating the damage from supply chain disruption through the substitution of partners. Furthermore, the robustness and resilience of supply chains are found to have led to higher performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1843-1872
Number of pages30
JournalWorld Economy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jun


  • COVID-19
  • diversity
  • homophily
  • resilience
  • robustness
  • supply chains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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