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Time zones, shift working and international outsourcing

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  • Matsuoka, Yuji
  • Fukushima, Marcelo
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    We build a trade model with two identical countries located in different time zones and one sector with intermediate differentiated goods produced in two successive stages. We introduce shift working disutility that raises night wage and firms that "virtually" outsource foreign labor. We found that firms only outsource if outsourcing costs are relatively low and shift disutility is high. When outsourcing occurs, it generates the highest level of welfare among production modes. Intermediate values of shift working disutility generate the lowest level of welfare. Outsourcing and domestic labor are substitutes at the firm level and complements at the economy level.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 769-778

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:19:y:2010:i:4:p:769-778

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    Keywords: Shift working Time zones Outsourcing Monopolistic competition;

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