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The demand of business services in Spain

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  • Diego Rodríguez Rodríguez
  • Fernando Merino de Lucas

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The growth in the outsourcing of services has become one of the most relevant features of the changes in manufacturing firms’ behaviour. This paper provides empirical evidence about the extent and evolution of services outsourcing by Spanish manufacturing firms in 1990-1998. A general increase in outsourcing of services has been detected among firms in this period, although with strong differences across sectors and kind of services. Additionally, this paper studies the decision to outsource, devoting particular attention to the relationship between outsourcing and productivity. The results show the influence of variables such as firm size, ownership and location, among others.

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  • Diego Rodríguez Rodríguez & Fernando Merino de Lucas, 2001. "The demand of business services in Spain," Working Papers 02/01, Instituto Universitario de Análisis Económico y Social.
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    Business services; Outsourcing;

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