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dc.contributor.authorNaghavi, Alirezaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSpies, Juliaen_US
dc.contributor.authorToubal, Fariden_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-30en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-10T14:04:29Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-10T14:04:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/56778-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we propose the technological complexity of a product and the level of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) protection to be the co-determinants of the mode through which multinational firms purchase their goods. We study the choice between intra-firm trade and outsourcing given heterogeneity at the product- (complexity), firm- (productivity) and country- (IPRs) level. Our findings suggest that the above three dimensions of heterogeneity are crucial for complex goods, where firms face a trade-off between higher marginal costs in the case of trade with an affiliate and higher imitation risks in the case of sourcing from an independent supplier. We test these predictions by combining data from a French firm-level survey on the mode choice for each transaction with a newly developed complexity measure at the product-level. Our fractional logit estimations confirm the proposition that although firms are generally reluctant to source highly complex goods from outside the firm's boundaries, they do so when a strong IPR regime in the host country guarantees the protection of their technology.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIAW Tübingenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIAW-Diskussionspapiere 75en_US
dc.subject.jelF12en_US
dc.subject.jelF23en_US
dc.subject.jelO34en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordSourcing decisionen_US
dc.subject.keywordproduct complexityen_US
dc.subject.keywordintellectual property rightsen_US
dc.subject.keywordfractional logit estimationen_US
dc.subject.stwMultinationales Unternehmenen_US
dc.subject.stwBeschaffungen_US
dc.subject.stwMake or Buyen_US
dc.subject.stwOutsourcingen_US
dc.subject.stwImmaterialgüterrechteen_US
dc.subject.stwTheorieen_US
dc.subject.stwFrankreichen_US
dc.subject.stwWelten_US
dc.titleInternational sourcing, product complexity and intellectual property rightsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn689529155en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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