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A Ricardo-Viner Approach to Service Offshoring

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  • Daniel Horgos

    () (Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano and Helmut Schmidt University)

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Empirical contributions on service offshoring show less pronounced labor market implications than with material offshoring. Since no formal model exists investigating service offshoring in particular, empirical examinations are not based on properly defined hypothesis. This contribution formalizes service offshoring within a Ricardo-Viner specific factors model. As service offshoring is assumed to expand the range of possible offshoring scenarios,results differ from those of material offshoring. The different scenarios have opposite implications and sum up to marginal effects in the aggregate. This theoretical contribution thus is capable of explaining empirical findings so far and provides clear testable hypotheses for future research.

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  • Daniel Horgos, 2010. "A Ricardo-Viner Approach to Service Offshoring," Development Working Papers 290, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano, revised 30 Apr 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:290
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    Keywords

    service offshoring; trade in services; specific factors model;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General

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