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Authors: 
Michel, Bernhard
Rycx, François
Year of Publication: 
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
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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