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Offshoring and Sequential Production Chains: A General-Equilibrium Analysis

  • Philipp Harms

    (University of Mainz)

  • Jaewon Jung


    (University of Aachen)

  • Oliver Lorz

    (University of Aachen)

In this paper, we develop a two-sector general equilibrium trade model which includes offshoring, sequential production, and endogenous market structures. We analyze how relative factor endowments and various forms of globalization and technological change affect equilibrium offshoring patterns. We show that, against common belief, a reduction in trade costs lowers the range of tasks offshored even though the aggregate volume of offshoring may increase.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 201402.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2014
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Publication status: Forthcoming in
Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:201402
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