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Offshoring, Exporting, and Jobs

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  • Jose Luis Groizard

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    (Department of Economics, Universitat de les Illes Balears)

  • Priya Ranjan

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    (Department of Economics, University of California-Irvine)

  • Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Lopez

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    (Department of Economics, University of California-Irvine)

Abstract

We construct a heterogeneous-firm model with a continuum of inputs to study the impact of offshoring on job flows at both the intensive and extensive margins. We identify three channels through which a reduction in the cost of offshoring affects firm-level employment: a job-relocation effect, a productivity effect, and a competition effect. Whether there is net job creation or job destruction crucially depends on the elasticity of substitution between inputs: the greater the elasticity, the more likely it is that offshoring causes overall job destruction. When firms are allowed to export, a reduction in the cost of offshoring makes offshoring firms more productive in the export market, which leads to further job creation. This offshoring-induced job creation due to exporting possibilities increases the likelihood that the overall effect of offshoring on industry employment is positive.

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Paper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 121312.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:irv:wpaper:121312

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Keywords: Heterogeneous firms; Employment; Offshoring costs;

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