COVID-19’s Impact Upon Labor and Value Chains in the Agrifood Industry: A case study

dc.contributor.authorKenney, Martin
dc.contributor.authorVisser, M. Anne
dc.contributor.authorPadilla, Mariah
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-29T13:47:45Z
dc.date.available2023-08-29T13:47:45Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.description.abstractWe explore the impact of automation and digitalization on labor in the US agrifood system during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study considers each of the primary nodes in the system stretching from consumer through grocery stores and restaurants to last-mile delivery, distribution, food processing, farming, and agri-inputs. Not only automation and digitalization, but also the role of platforms such as Amazon, and food delivery firms such as GrubHub, Instacart, and Uber Eats are discussed. For restaurants, we consider not only dine-in restaurants, but also “ghost kitchens”. Furthermore, the possibility that farmers or distributors could disintermediate other nodes and deal directly with consumers is discussed. We conclude that, as a generalization, the further upstream one goes from the consumer, the less immediate and disruptive automation is likely to be for labor. However, our overall conclusion is that, given the current trajectories, labor is becoming increasingly precarious. If the current labor shortages continue, then automation is likely to accelerate. Platformization, while rampant in the relationships with final consumers, is likely to be less rapidly adopted further upstream where relationships are B-to-B and thus composed of actors that are wary of sharing data.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) (grant no.: 16DII111, 16DII112, 16DII113, 16DII114, 16DII115, 16DII116, 16DII117 – „Deutsches Internet-Institut“)
dc.identifier.citationKenney, M., Visser, M. A., & Padilla, M. (2022). COVID-19’s Impact Upon Labor and Value Chains in the Agrifood Industry: A case study (Weizenbaum Series 23). https://doi.org/10.34669/WI.WS/23
dc.identifier.doi10.34669/WI.WS/23
dc.identifier.eissn2748-5587
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.weizenbaum-library.de/handle/id/131
dc.identifier.zdb3064032-5
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWeizenbaum Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWeizenbaum Series
dc.rightsopen access
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectSociology & anthropologyen
dc.subjectEconomicsen
dc.subjectEconomic Sectorsen
dc.subjectSociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relationsen
dc.subjectLabor Market Researchen
dc.subjectagricultural productionen
dc.subjectfooden
dc.subjectautomationen
dc.subjectonline serviceen
dc.subjectdigitalizationen
dc.subjectworking conditionsen
dc.subjectsupplyen
dc.subjectdirect marketingen
dc.subjectretail tradeen
dc.subjectUnited States of Americaen
dc.subjectelectronic businessen
dc.subjectWirtschaftde
dc.subjectSoziologie, Anthropologiede
dc.subjectCOVID-19de
dc.subjectCoronavirus pandemicde
dc.subjectPlattformökonomiede
dc.subjectAgrifood Systemsde
dc.subjectLaborde
dc.subjectWork Processde
dc.subjectIndustrie- und Betriebssoziologie, Arbeitssoziologie, industrielle Beziehungende
dc.subjectArbeitsmarktforschungde
dc.subjectWirtschaftssektorende
dc.subjectVersorgungde
dc.subjectDigitalisierungde
dc.subjectAgrarproduktionde
dc.subjectElectronic Businessde
dc.subjectNahrungsmittelde
dc.subjectEinzelhandelde
dc.subjectUSAde
dc.subjectOnline-Dienstde
dc.subjectAutomatisierungde
dc.subjectArbeitsbedingungende
dc.subjectDirektmarketingde
dc.subject.ddc330 Wirtschaft
dc.subject.ddc300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie
dc.subject.ddc610 Medizin, Gesundheit
dc.titleCOVID-19’s Impact Upon Labor and Value Chains in the Agrifood Industry: A case study
dc.typeWorkingPaper
dc.type.statuspublishedVersion
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dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBerlin
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume23
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