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Fear of service outsourcing: is it justified?
[‘Location of vertically linked industries: agglomeration versus comparative advantage’]

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  • Mary Amiti
  • Shang-Jin Wei

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Is it justified?The recent media and political attention on service outsourcing from developed to developing countries gives the impression that outsourcing is exploding. As a result, workers in industrial countries are anxious about job losses. This paper aims to establish what are the hypes and what are the facts. The results show that although service outsourcing has been steadily increasing it is still very low, and that in the United States and many other industrial countries ‘insourcing’ of services is greater than outsourcing. Using the United Kingdom as a case study, we find that job growth at a sectoral level is not negatively related to service outsourcing.— Mary Amiti and Shang-Jin Wei

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  • Mary Amiti & Shang-Jin Wei, 2005. "Fear of service outsourcing: is it justified? [‘Location of vertically linked industries: agglomeration versus comparative advantage’]," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 20(42), pages 308-347.
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