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Offshoring and productivity revisited: A Time-Series Analysis
[Zur Debatte um Offshoring und Produktivität: Eine Zeitreihenanalyse]

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  • Pablo Agnese

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    (Department of Economics of the Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences)

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The subject of offshoring and productivity has not yet received the attention it deserves. Here I propose a simple framework for estimating the contribution of these strategies to the growth rate of labor productivity from a time-series perspective. This framework is then used to assess the impact of offshoring on skill upgrading and the labor share. For both empirical questions I take up the study of a group of Japanese industries during the recent years of slow growth. The results should be interpreted with caution yet clearly suggest that offshoring can improve labor productivity in the semiconductors industry. Moreover, offshoring is found to be the source of important changes among industries with different skills (skill upgrading) and an important factor behind the fall of the labor share.

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Paper provided by Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences in its series Duesseldorf Working Papers in Applied Management and Economics with number fobe23.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Publication status: Published in Forschungsberichte des Fachbereichs Wirtschaft der Fachhochschule Duesseldorf, 2012,23 ; ISSN 1866-2722
Handle: RePEc:ddf:wpaper:fobe23

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Keywords: Offshoring; Labor Productivity; Skill Upgrading; Labor Share; Arbeitsproduktivität ; Qualifikation ; Lohnquote ; Outsourcing;

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