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Do Labour Market Institutions Matter?: Micro-Level Wage Effects of International Outsourcing in Three European Countries

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  • Ingo Geishecker
  • Holger Görg
  • Jakob Roland Munch

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This paper studies the impact of outsourcing on individual wages in three European countries with markedly different labour market institutions: Germany, the UK and Denmark. To do so we use individual level data sets for the three countries and construct comparable measures of outsourcing at the industry level, distinguishing outsourcing by broad region. Estimating the same specification on different data show that there are some interesting differences in the effect of outsourcing across countries. We discuss some possible reasons for these differences based on labour market institutions.

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  • Ingo Geishecker & Holger Görg & Jakob Roland Munch, 2008. "Do Labour Market Institutions Matter?: Micro-Level Wage Effects of International Outsourcing in Three European Countries," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 81, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
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    International outsourcing; individual wages; labour market institutions;

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    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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