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International Outsourcing, the Nature of Tasks, and Occupational Stability – Empirical Evidence for Germany

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Using a large administrative data set of individual employment histories in Germany, this paper studies how international outsourcing affects the individual risk of leaving the occupation. Moreover, a rich data set on tasks performed in occupations is used to better characterize the sources of worker vulnerability. While international service outsourcing is associated with an increase in overall stability, the impact of international material outsourcing is slightly negative. These effects, however, are not uniform but depend on the nature of tasks performed in the occupation. Higher intensities of non-routine and interactive tasks are associated with a more beneficial (or less adverse) impact of international outsourcing on occupational stability.

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  • Baumgarten, Daniel, 2009. "International Outsourcing, the Nature of Tasks, and Occupational Stability – Empirical Evidence for Germany," Ruhr Economic Papers 108, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
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    Keywords

    Occupational stability; international outsourcing; duration analysis;
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    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs

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