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Is offshoring linked to offshoring potential? Evidence from German linked employer–employee data

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This paper analyses the link between offshoring in German plants and the offshoring potential of their employees. It uses information on the offshoring potential of jobs from representative task data and merges it with linked employer–employee data, for which information on different modes of offshoring behaviour is available. It empirically identifies individual and plant-level determinants of offshoring activity and additionally analyses how offshoring potential influences the realisation of offshoring by German plants. Depending on the measure for actual offshoring, it mostly finds a negative link: firms are less likely to outsource or offshore parts of their production processes if their outsourcing and offshoring potential is high. This indicates that existing measures of offshoring potential can indeed be interpreted as not-yet realised offshoring, or offshoring that cannot be realised, e.g. due to trade barriers. Copyright Kiel Institute 2015

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  • Tobias Brändle, 2015. "Is offshoring linked to offshoring potential? Evidence from German linked employer–employee data," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 151(4), pages 735-766, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:weltar:v:151:y:2015:i:4:p:735-766
    DOI: 10.1007/s10290-015-0228-7
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    Outsourcing; Offshoring; Trade in tasks; F14; F16;

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    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions

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