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Offshoring and productivity: The case of Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom
Centre for Economic Perfomance, London School of Economics, London, UK.
Statistics Sweden.
Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham, UK.
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5830-9831
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2008 (English)In: Staying Competitive in the Global Economy: Compendium of Studies on Global Value Chains, Paris: OECD Publishing, 2008, p. 201-217Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the relationship between offshoring of services and total factor productivity across three different OECD countries: Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Offshoring activity is widely believed to play an important role for firm productivity due to the fragmentation of the production process across countries when there are differences in the relative endowments of skilled and unskilled labour and of technology. The paper firstly shows that offshoring firms tend to be more labour productive, are larger, pay higher wages and are more likely to be multinational and foreign-owned. Secondly, there appears to be some suggestive evidence of a positive relationship between offshoring and firm productivity although the statistical and/or economic significance of this relationship is not very strong across the three countries. One possible explanation is the small time horizon over which our analysis span.

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Paris: OECD Publishing, 2008. p. 201-217
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71118ISBN: 9789264046306 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71118DiVA, id: diva2:1275750
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This chapter is a revised version of a paper presented at the Statistical Working Party of theOECD Industry Committee at its November 2006 meeting.

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