Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/3295
Authors: 
Hijzen, Alexander
Görg, Holger
Hine, Robert C.
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 437
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

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