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WP 2009-5 Financialization and the Dynamics of Offshoring in the U.S

Analysis of 35 U.S. manufacturing and service industries over the period 1998-2006 supports aggregate and firm-level studies showing that off-shoring is associated with a higher share of corporate profit in total value added. But these “dynamic” gains from off-shoring have not been realized, because firms have purchased financial assets – especially share buybacks and higher dividend payments – to raise shareholder value, rather than investing in productive assets that raise productivity, growth, employment and income. Despite the corporate sector’s contribution to national savings over the past decade, the off-shoring-financialization linkage reduces the capacity of non-financial corporations to act as a driver of the recovery from the economic crisis that emerged in 2008.

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Paper provided by Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), The New School in its series SCEPA working paper series. SCEPA's main areas of research are macroeconomic policy, inequality and poverty, and globalization. with number 2009-5.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:epa:cepawp:2009-5
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