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Firm Heterogeneity in the Choice of Offshoring: Evidence from Korean Manufacturing Firms

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  • Hea-Jung Hyun

    (Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, 108 Yangjaedaero, Seocho-Gu, Seoul 137-747, Korea.)

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Using firm-level data on offshoring of Korean manufacturers, this paper examines the relationship between firm heterogeneity and the probability of adopting offshoring. The results of the paper suggest that firm productivity may not be an important determinant for Korean firms' offshoring decision. A firm's global sourcing decision may rather depend on other characteristics such as factor intensity, research and development (R&D) intensity, information and communication technology (ICT) level, and affiliation with foreign markets when industry specificity is controlled for. (c) 2010 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Hea-Jung Hyun, 2010. "Firm Heterogeneity in the Choice of Offshoring: Evidence from Korean Manufacturing Firms," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 9(1), pages 157-178, Winter/Sp.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:9:y:2010:i:1:p:157-178
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    2. Fabienne Rasel, 2017. "ICT and global sourcing – evidence for German manufacturing and service firms," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(7), pages 634-660, October.
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    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory

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