Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68227
Authors: 
Rasel, Fabienne
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 12-087
Abstract: 
In this paper, I analyse the relationship between offshoring and ICT at the firm level differentiating between manufacturing and services. Using firm-level data from the manufacturing and service sector in Germany and a broad range of ICT measures, overall, the results reveal a positive relationship between offshoring and ICT. Thus, they support the argument that ICT might be relevant for offshoring. Controlling for other firm characteristics, software to coordinate and to manage the supply chain increases the offshoring probability, in particular for manufacturing firms. For service firms, also general enterprise software and e-commerce purchases from suppliers make offshoring more likely. Labour productivity and the realisation of a product innovation are significantly and positively linked to offshoring for firms from both sectors. This finding confirms the productivity advantage of offshoring in comparison to non-offshoring firms that is stated in the literature.
Subjects: 
Offshoring
information and communication technologies
firm-level analysis
JEL: 
D22
L23
F14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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