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Offshoring: Facts and numbers at the country level

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  • Pablo, Agnese
  • Joan Enric, Ricart

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Offshoring has lately received wide attention. Its potential effects, mainly to be materialized in employment and productivity dislocations, are yet to be fully assessed. However, some consensus has been attained as to how to proxy its theoretical definition at an aggregate level. Here we review the most conventional indices the economic literature has so far produced, and employ them to provide an overview of the extent of the phenomenon for a group of countries. Contrary to common beliefs, our data reveal that offshoring is not exclusive of large developed economies. Further, we highlight the continuing prominence of the manufacturing over the services sector, and observe that while services offshoring is on the rise, it still represents a small fraction of total offshoring.

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  • Pablo, Agnese & Joan Enric, Ricart, 2009. "Offshoring: Facts and numbers at the country level," MPRA Paper 16503, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    offshoring; intermediate trade; aggregate data;

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    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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