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Title:Does offshoring of materials and business services affect employment? Evidence from a small open economy PDF Logo
Authors:Michel, Bernhard
Rycx, François
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4164
Abstract:The fear of massive job losses has prompted a fast-growing literature on offshoring and its impact on employment in advanced economies. This paper examines the situation for Belgium. It improves the offshoring intensity measure by computing a volume measure of the share of imported intermediates in output and it is among the first to address both materials and business services offshoring to high-wage and low-wage countries. Estimations of static and dynamic industry-level labour demand equations augmented by offshoring intensities do not reveal a significant impact of either materials or business services offshoring on total employment for Belgium between 1995 and 2003.
Subjects:Offshoring
imported intermediate inputs
supply and use tables
industry-level employment
labour demand equations
panel data
JEL:F15
J22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090605213
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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