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Input specificity and global sourcing

  • Van Assche, Ari
  • Schwartz, Galina A.
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    This paper identifies a new industry-equilibrium channel through which a firm's productivity affects its organizational choice. In a two-country model with firm heterogeneity and incomplete contracts, we show that the degree of input specificity and the hold-up friction in an outsourcing relation become a function of the final good firm's productivity when inputs are not completely specific. We examine the implications for the equilibrium international sorting pattern of firms.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 69-85

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jjieco:v:24:y:2010:i:1:p:69-85
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