Fragmentation and immiserising specialisation : the case of the textile and clothing sector
AbstractWith production activity tending rapidly towards international fragmentation, this study examines the consequences for labour countries of the forms of specialisation brought about by fragmentation processes. It further addresses the risk that fragmented sectors may become excluded from greater developments within the manufacturing industry as a whole. An empirical analysis using panel data reveals that, contrary to expectation, the textile and clothing sector in labour countries does not always reap the positive benefits of this form of international trade integration. Rather, we observe a phenomenon of immiserising specialisation, due to a drop in relative wages within this sector.
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Date of creation: 2010
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offshoring; outsourcing; fragmentation; immiserising specialisation; relative wages; textile and clothing sector;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
- F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
- L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
- L67 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other Consumer Nondurables
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-05-15 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2010-05-15 (Development)
- NEP-INT-2010-05-15 (International Trade)
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