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Outsourcing and International Production of a Multinational: A Theoretical Model and Empirical Evidence from Toyota, Thailand

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  • Witada Anukoonwattaka
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    A stylised partial equilibrium model of an MNC is developed. The model incorporates key aspects of outsourcing in a world of falling trade costs. The multinational, with firm-specific capital operates in two countries that differ in factor prices; it produces final goods with firm specific capital but can source multiple intermediate goods internally from each subsidiary (produced with firm-specific capital and labour), or outsource them from domestic or foreign suppliers. There is a potential trade off between scale of final good production and scope of in-house component production. Trade liberalization can affect both country and organization choices of the firm’s component sourcing and final-good production. We also use a previously unused data set on component trade of Toyota in Southeast Asia to conduct an empirical investigation informed by the model insights.

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    Paper provided by DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade in its series DEGIT Conference Papers with number c012_045.

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    Length: 35 pages JEL Classification: F14, F15, F23, L22, L62
    Date of creation: Jun 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:deg:conpap:c012_045

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    Keywords: Intra-firm Trade; Trade in intermediate inputs; direct foreign investment; multinational corporations and outsourcing;

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