Working Paper 07-12 - Offshoring and the Skill Structure of Labour Demand in Belgium
A major concern regarding the consequences of offshoring is about the labour market position of lowâ€skilled workers. This paper provides evidence for Belgium that offshoring has had a negative impact on the employment share of lowâ€skilled workers in the manufacturing sector between 1995 and 2007. The main contribution to the fall in the lowâ€skilled employment share came from materials offshoring to Central and Eastern Europe (21%), followed by business services offshoring (8%). In manufacturing industries with a higher ICT capital intensity the impact of offshoring is smaller. For market services industries, no robust conclusions regarding the impact of offshoring on lowâ€skilled employment could be drawn.
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