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The effects of offshoring on the elasticity of labor demand

  • Senses, Mine Zeynep

In this paper, I use detailed plant-level data to analyze the relationship between offshoring and labor demand elasticities in the U.S. manufacturing sector during the 1972-2001 period. The results suggest that conditional demand elasticities for production workers are positively associated with increased exposure to offshoring both in the short-run and in the long-run. This relationship holds both for the unbalanced panel of plants and, for plants which continue their operations throughout the sample period. Controlling for skill biased technical change does not alter the magnitude or the significance of the estimated positive relationship between offshoring and labor demand elasticities.

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Volume (Year): 81 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 89-98

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