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Offshoring Professional Services: Institutions and Professional Control

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  • Kyoung-Hee Yu
  • Frank Levy

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We examine the reasons why one might expect it to be more difficult to offshore professional work than manufacturing work in a globalized world. We then provide data on the variations in a specific case - the offshoring of diagnostic radiology from the USA, UK and Singapore. We show that existing theories on the 'offshorability' of jobs have not captured how national institutions and occupational regulations continue to define professional work. We then review the question of supply from India's perspective and report that both macro-institutional and organizational contexts make it complicated for Indian doctors to supply much of this service. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2010.

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  • Kyoung-Hee Yu & Frank Levy, 2010. "Offshoring Professional Services: Institutions and Professional Control," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 48(4), pages 758-783, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:48:y:2010:i:4:p:758-783
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    1. Brenton Peterson & Sonal Pandya & David Leblang, 2014. "Doctors with borders: occupational licensing as an implicit barrier to high skill migration," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 160(1), pages 45-63, July.
    2. Kuruvilla, Sarosh & Noronha, Ernesto, 2016. "From pyramids to diamonds: legal process offshoring, employment systems, and labor markets for lawyers in the United States and India," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 65136, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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