Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/99974
Authors: 
Ehrl, Philipp
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 151
Abstract: 
This paper studies the effect of an expansion of imported intermediate inputs on establishments' average task intensities and employment size in a middle-income country. I use confidential matched employer-employee data and information on trade transactions for the universe of Brazilian firms. Propensity Score Matching indicates that import expansion leads to an overall employment growth, higher intensities in routine and non-routine manual tasks and an increased share of intermediates exports. Thus our findings point out that intermediates imports represent onshored instead of offshored tasks. This result remains unchanged regardless of whether imports from high- or low-wage countries are considered.
Subjects: 
task trade
offshoring
onshoring
Brazil
JEL: 
F16
J24
O54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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