Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87701
Authors: 
Kohler, Wilhelm
Smolka, Marcel
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance 63
Abstract: 
Which firms find it optimal to integrate their input suppliers into the firm boundaries of control (vertical integration)? Which firms choose to expand their sourcing activities across the national border (offshoring)? This letter provides novel evidence on these questions based on a Spanish firm-level data set. We find that firms selecting into strategies of vertical integration and of offshoring tend to have been more productive ex ante than firms choosing not to do so. This finding is in line with the recent heterogeneous-firm literature on input sourcing under incomplete contracts.
Subjects: 
vertical integration
offshoring
firm selection
firm productivity
JEL: 
F14
F23
L22
L23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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