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International outsourcing and the productivity of low-skilled labor in the EU


Egger, H; Egger, P (2006). International outsourcing and the productivity of low-skilled labor in the EU. Economic Inquiry, 44(1):98-108.

Abstract

This article presents first insights into the role of international outsourcing on the productivity of low-skilled workers in EU manufacturing. Whereas in the short run international outsourcing exhibits a negative marginal effect on real value added per low-skilled worker, the long-run parameter estimates reveal a positive impact. This may be explained by imperfections in European labor and goods markets, which prohibit an immediate adjustment in the factor employment and the output structure. The change in the outsourcing intensity since 1993 alone acounts for a long-run increase of about 6.0% in the real value added per low-skilled worker.

This article presents first insights into the role of international outsourcing on the productivity of low-skilled workers in EU manufacturing. Whereas in the short run international outsourcing exhibits a negative marginal effect on real value added per low-skilled worker, the long-run parameter estimates reveal a positive impact. This may be explained by imperfections in European labor and goods markets, which prohibit an immediate adjustment in the factor employment and the output structure. The change in the outsourcing intensity since 1993 alone acounts for a long-run increase of about 6.0% in the real value added per low-skilled worker.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:06 May 2008 10:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:23
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0095-2583
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Publisher DOI:10.1093/ei/cbi059
Official URL:http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1093/ei/cbi059
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2455

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