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Offshoring and the polarisation of the demand for capital

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  • Bursian, Dirk
  • Nagengast, Arne J.

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While there is a consensus in the literature that offshoring has a polarising effect on the skill structure of labour demand, little is known about its impact on the capital side. In this paper, we analyse the effect of offshoring on the demand for capital by asset class using a rich country-sector panel dataset. Estimating a system of factor demand equations, we document that offshoring reduces the relative demand for non-ICT capital, thereby also polarising the demand for capital. Our results are robust against a wide range of specifications and methodological choices including an IV approach to address endogeneity concerns.

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  • Bursian, Dirk & Nagengast, Arne J., 2018. "Offshoring and the polarisation of the demand for capital," Discussion Papers 17/2018, Deutsche Bundesbank.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:bubdps:172018
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    Keywords

    offshoring; trade; global value chains; demand for capital; user costs of capital; ICT;
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    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F62 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Macroeconomic Impacts
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity

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