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International Outsourcing and Productivity in Italian Manufacturing Sectors

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  • Lo Turco Alessia

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This paper estimates the effect of international outsourcing of materials and services on productivity in Italian manufacturing sectors during the period 1985-1997. Three different measures of outsourcing are used. Firstly, a "narrow" measure of outsourcing is calculated as the intensity of intermediate inputs that each sector imports from the same sector abroad. Secondly, a "broad" measure of outsourcing of materials is calculated as the intensity of materials imported from non-energy manufacturing sectors abroad. Finally, outsourcing of services is measured as the total imported business and financial services. Outsourcing is modelled as to affect TFP and the results suggest a general positive effect of outsourcing of materials. The effect of outsourcing of services seems to be ambiguous: it is positive for the traditional sectors and negative for the advanced sectors.

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Article provided by Società editrice il Mulino in its journal Rivista italiana degli economisti.

Volume (Year): (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 125-146

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Handle: RePEc:mul:jqat1f:doi:10.1427/26275:y:2007:i:1:p:125-146

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  1. Giuliano CONTI & Alessia LO TURCO & Daniela MAGGIONI, 2012. "Rethinking the import-productivity nexus for Italian manufacturing," Working Papers 381, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
  2. Roberto Antonietti, 2014. "From Outsourcing to Productivity, Passing Through Training: Microeconometric Evidence from Italy," Working Papers 2014.12, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  3. Mariotti, Sergio & Nicolini, Marcella & Piscitello, Lucia, 2013. "Vertical linkages between foreign MNEs in service sectors and local manufacturing firms," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 133-145.

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