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DETERMINANTS OF OUTSOURCING PRODUCTION: A Dynamic Panel Data Approach for Manufacturing Industries

  • Carmen Díaz-Mora

    (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Department of Economics and Business)

The present paper investigates the determinants of outsourcing production using a panel of 93 Spanish manufacturing industries for the period 1993-2002. Outsourcing is measured as production tasks which are contracting out to independent suppliers, a more direct and suitable indicator. After controlling for unobserved heterogeneity and simultaneity, our results show a high persistence of the outsourcing intensity. Moreover, outsourcing of production is positively related to unit labour costs, skills requirements and national ownership.

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Paper provided by Asociación Española de Economía y Finanzas Internacionales in its series Working Papers with number 05-07.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:aee:wpaper:0507
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