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Offshoring and Sequential Production Chains: A General-Equilibrium Analysis

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In this paper, we develop a two-sector general equilibrium trade model which includes offshoring, sequential production, and endogenous market structures. We analyze how relative factor endowments and various forms of globalization and technological change affect equilibrium offshoring patterns. We show that, against common belief, a reduction in trade costs lowers the range of tasks offshored even though the aggregate volume of offshoring may increase.

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Paper provided by Swiss National Bank, Study Center Gerzensee in its series Working Papers with number 14.01.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:szg:worpap:1401

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