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Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Unemployment in the Spanish Auto Industry

  • Lila J. Truett
  • Dale B. Truett
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    This paper examines the role of outsourced intermediate goods, together with capital, labor, and insourced intermediate products, as inputs in Spain's motor vehicle production. Its findings are consistent with statistically significant economies of scale. Capital and labor are found to be substitutes, as are most of the other input pairs. However, capital and outsourced intermediate goods and labor and insourced intermediate goods appear to have complementary relationships, and the latter relationship has become stronger over the period of study. Any actions that decrease the price of one of the inputs in a complementary pair will increase the demand for the other input. Since labor and outsourced intermediate goods appear to be substitutes, a decrease in import prices as a result of further European integration will decrease the demand for domestic labor and exacerbate Spain's unemployment problem. A similar result holds for insourced and outsourced intermediate goods. Copyright � 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation � 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Review of Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 702-713

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:12:y:2008:i:4:p:702-713
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