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Competition and Offshoring

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  • Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Lopez

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    (Department of Economics, University of California-Irvine)

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I present a model of offshoring decisions with heterogeneous firms, random adjustment costs, and endogenous markups. The model shows an inverted-U relationship between firm-level productivity and the probability of offshoring; hence, the most productive firms are less likely to offshore than some lower-productivity firms. A tougher competitive environment has two opposing effects on firm-level offshoring likelihood: a Schumpeterian effect--accounting for the negative effect of competition on offshoring profits--and an escape-competition effect--accounting for the effect of competition on the incremental profits from offshoring. A productivity level separates non-offshoring firms according to the dominant effect, with the Schumpeterian effect dominating for the least productive firms.

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Paper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 111213.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:irv:wpaper:111213

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Keywords: Competition; Offshoring; Heterogeneous firms; Endogenous markups; Adjustment costs;

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