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Service off-shoring and productivity growth in the European economies

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  • Cecilia Jona-Lasinio

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We study the relation between service off-shoring and productivity growth in the manufacturing sector of a set of European economies in 1995-2005. We document that those countries resorting more to service off-shoring in 1995 experienced faster productivity growth in ICT/R&D intensive industries over the next decade. Our results show also that the productivity gap between more and less ICT/R&D intensive industries was relatively higher in those countries experimenting higher increases in service off-shoring intensity over the period. In both cases, ICT intensity is more relevant than R&D to explain the mechanism through which service off-shoring affects productivity growth. These findings are consistent with the enhancing productivity effects of the complementary relation between service off-shoring and ICT.

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  • Cecilia Jona-Lasinio, 2015. "Service off-shoring and productivity growth in the European economies," Review of Economics and Institutions, Università di Perugia, vol. 6(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:pia:review:v:6:y:2015:i:2:n:4
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    1. Bournakis, Ioannis & Vecchi, Michela & Venturini, Francesco, 2015. "Off-shoring, specialization and R&D," MPRA Paper 68382, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    service off-shoring; productivity growth; ICT;

    JEL classification:

    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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