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Title:International outsourcing and the skill structure of labour demand in the United Kingdom PDF Logo
Authors:Hijzen, Alexander
Görg, Holger
Hine, Robert C.
Issue Date:2004
Citation:[Series:] IZA discussion papers [Editor:] Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit, Bonn [No.:] 1249
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1249
Abstract:This paper investigates empirically the link between international outsourcing and the skill structure of labour demand in the United Kingdom. It is the first detailed study of this issue for the UK. Outsourcing is calculated using import-use matrices of input-output tables for manufacturing industries for the period 1982 to 1996. Estimating a system of variable factor demands, our main results show that international outsourcing has had a strong negative impact on the demand for unskilled labour. Hence, international outsourcing is an important component in explanations of the changing skill structure of manufacturing industries in the United Kingdom.
Subjects:Outsourcing , fragmentation , trade , wages , skill-biased technological change
JEL:F14
J31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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