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The Elasticity of Substitution and the Sector Bias of International Outsourcing: Solving the Puzzle

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  • Horgos, Daniel

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Considering the sector bias of International Outsourcing within a 2x2 framework, four different scenarios appear. Each industry can either relocate its high or its low skill intensive production fragment. Traditionally, depending on the superiority of a wage vs. an outsourcing-effect, general equilibrium effects of two scenarios are assumed to be ambiguous. Applying a formal duality approach and a calibration exercise for the German economy, this contribution shows that a focus on the elasticity of substitution can solve the puzzle. With the elasticity exceeding a critical value, unambiguous results in all four scenarios appear, supporting the sector bias of International Outsourcing.Finally, the introduction of distributional constraints into the allocative decisions leads to a decisive worsening in the supply of the public good.

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  • Horgos, Daniel, 2009. "The Elasticity of Substitution and the Sector Bias of International Outsourcing: Solving the Puzzle," Working Paper 88/2009, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:vhsuwp:2009_088
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    1. Daniel Horgos & Lucia Tajoli, 2015. "How Offshoring Can Affect the Industries’ Skill Composition," Economies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(2), pages 1-28, May.

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    Keywords

    International Outsourcing; Sector Bias; Elasticity of Substitution;

    JEL classification:

    • E25 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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