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Input Specificity and Global Sourcing

  • Galina A. Schwartz
  • Ari Van Assche
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    This paper investigates the role of productivity on a firm's organizational choice. We expand Antràs and Helpman (2004) by allowing heterogeneous firms to choose between adopting specific and generic inputs. In input-intensive industries, firms face a trade-off between the lower productivity of generic inputs and the reduced hold-up friction of generic outsourcing. We demonstrate that the hold-up friction under generic outsourcing increases with a firm's productivity. This implies that: (i) high productivity firms choose ideal outsourcing to the South, (ii) medium productivity firms choose generic outsourcing to the South, (iii) low productivity firms choose generic outsourcing to the North. Cet article étudie le rôle de la productivité sur les choix organisationnels des entreprises. Nous élargissons l'étude d'Antràs et Helpman (2004) en permettant aux entreprises hétérogènes de choisir entre l'adoption d'intrants spécifiques ou génériques. Au sein des industries caractérisées par une forte utilisation d'intrants, les entreprises font face à un compromis entre une productivité réduite liée aux intrants génériques et un problème de hold-up moindre découlant de l'impartition générique. Nous démontrons que le problème de hold-up lié à l'impartition générique augmente selon la productivité d'une entreprise. Ce qui implique que : les entreprises dont le taux de productivité est élevé choisissent l'impartition optimale au Sud, (ii) les entreprises dont le taux de productivité est moyen choisissent l'impartition générique au Sud, (iii) les entreprises dont le taux de productivité est bas choisissent l'impartition générique au Nord.

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    Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2006s-02.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 01 Feb 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2006s-02
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