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International Outsourcing, the Nature of Tasks, and Occupational Stability – Empirical Evidence for Germany

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  • Daniel Baumgarten

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Using a large administrative data set of individual employment histories in Germany, this paper studies how international outsourcing affects the individual risk of leaving the occupation. Moreover, a rich data set on tasks performed in occupations is used to better characterize the sources of worker vulnerability. While international service outsourcing is associated with an increase in overall stability, the impact of international material outsourcing is slightly negative. These effects, however, are not uniform but depend on the nature of tasks performed in the occupation. Higher intensities of non-routine and interactive tasks are associated with a more beneficial (or less adverse) impact of international outsourcing on occupational stability.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0108.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0108

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Keywords: Occupational stability; international outsourcing; duration analysis;

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  1. A. Lo Turco & D. Maggioni & M. Picchio, 2012. "Offshoring and Job Stability: Evidence from Italian Manufacturing," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 12/817, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
  2. Baumgarten, Daniel & Geishecker, Ingo & Görg, Holger, 2010. "Offshoring, tasks, and the skill-wage pattern," CEPR Discussion Papers 7756, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Ronald Bachmann & Daniel Baumgarten & Joel Stiebale, 2011. "Cross-border Investment, Heterogeneous Workers, and Employment Security – Evidence from Germany," Ruhr Economic Papers 0268, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  4. Baumgarten, Daniel & Geishecker, Ingo & Görg, Holger, 2010. "Offshoring, tasks, and the skill-wage pattern," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 98, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
  5. Ljubica Nedelkoska & Simon Wiederhold, 2010. "Technology, outsourcing, and the demand for heterogeneous labor: Exploring the industry dimension," Jena Economic Research Papers 2010-052, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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