Recent Release | 11 Mar 2019

The Global Chemical Industry: Catalyzing Growth and Addressing Our World’s Sustainability Challenges

Economic Consulting Team

Oxford Economics

The chemical industry has been an integral part of the global economic landscape for many centuries.
As the manufacturer of innovative, life-enhancing products and technologies, it is also central to achieving the global targets expressed in many of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) commissioned Oxford Economics to provide a detailed assessment of the chemical industry’s activities across the globe, and to quantify their total economic impact. Our analysis focuses on two key measures of economic value: the number of jobs sustained each year by the global chemical industry, and its contribution to the amount of gross domestic product (GDP) that different nations generate. We find that the chemical industry, its supply chain and payroll-induced impacts, made an estimated $5.7 trillion contribution to world GDP in 2017, and supported 120 million jobs. Dividing our analysis into five global regions, we find that the Asia-Pacific chemical industry made the largest annual contribution to GDP and jobs in 2017.

Finally, chemical manufacturers also invest heavily in research and development (R&D) throughout the world. The global chemical industry invested an estimated $51 billion in R&D in 2017, and we calculate that this spending supported 1.7 million jobs and $92 billion in economic activity in that year alone.

About the team

Our economic consulting team are world leaders in quantitative economic analysis, working with clients around the globe and across sectors to build models, forecast markets and evaluate interventions using state-of-the art techniques. Lead consultants on this project were:

Alice Gambarin

Lead Economist, Economic Impact

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Alice Gambarin

Lead Economist, Economic Impact

New York, United States

Alice is part of Oxford Economics’ consulting division in the Americas, focusing on delivering socio-economic impact studies to clients across the continent.

Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Alice worked in the Housing Analysis Division at the UK Department for Work and Pensions, where she was involved in policy evaluation and data analysis. Alice holds a BA (Hons) and MSc (Hons) in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, Italy.

Hamilton Galloway

Head of Consultancy, Americas

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Hamilton Galloway

Head of Consultancy, Americas

New York, United States

Hamilton Galloway joined Oxford Economics in 2014 as Head of US Consultancy – a team focused heavily on developing quality, customized research, analysis and impact modeling services for a range of private and public organizations. Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Mr. Galloway worked nearly seven years as an economist, senior consultant and manager at Economic Modeling Specialists Int (EMSI), a data and analytic company based in the US.

Mr. Galloway’s work included building a consultancy presence in the US, conducting bespoke economic and labour market research and engaging public and private sector clients. In 2013/14 he lived and worked in the UK as a senior consultant, focusing on developing data-driven, decision-making analytics and reports for use across public entities and education. He has authored numerous reports, publications, as well as economic development user guides and even a textbook chapter.

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