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The effect of high-tech services offshoring on skilled employment: intra-firm evidence
[El efecto del Offshoring de servicios de alta tecnología sobre el empleo cualificado: evidencia intra-empresa]

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The offshoring of high-tech services has greatly increased in recent years, with consequences for firms demand for skilled employment in firms. This paper specifically analyzes the relationship between R&D offshoring and the demand for R&D employment using firm-level data for Spanish manufacturing and services companies during the period 2004-2009. Estimating different specifications with panel data techniques, we find that this association is statistically positive. In particular, if R&D offshoring doubles, the demand for researchers will raise by about 8%.

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  • Mery Patricia Tamayo & Elena Huergo Orejas, 2013. "The effect of high-tech services offshoring on skilled employment: intra-firm evidence
    [El efecto del Offshoring de servicios de alta tecnología sobre el empleo cualificado: evidencia intra-empresa
    ," Documentos de trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales 13-06, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucm:doctra:13-06
    Note: We acknowledge the support of Complutense University of Madrid and BSCH project No. 931559 of INIFCO research group. We also want thank Dr. Javier Martinez for his help in relation to the legal topics and the participants to the workshop held at the Complutense University of Madrid for their helpful insights.
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    R&D offshoring; wages; Skilled employment.;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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