Offshoring and the onshore composition of tasks and skills
Becker, Sascha O., Ekholm, Karolina and Muendler, Marc-Andreas (2009) Offshoring and the onshore composition of tasks and skills. Discussion Paper. Centre for Economic Policy Research, Coventry. (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.cepr.org/pubs/dps/DP7391.asp
We analyze the relationship between offshoring and the onshore workforce composition in German multinational enterprises (MNEs), using plant data that allow us to discern tasks, occupations, and workforce skills. Offshoring is associated with a statistically significant shift towards more non-routine and more interactive tasks, and with a shift towards highly educated workers. Moreover, the shift towards highly educated workers is in excess of what is implied by changes in either the task or the occupational composition. Whether offshored activities are located in low-income or high-income countries does not alter the direction of the relationship. We find offshoring to predict between 10 and 15 percent of observed changes in wage-bill shares of highly educated workers and measures of non-routine and interactive tasks.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Series Name:||CEPR Discussion Paper|
|Publisher:||Centre for Economic Policy Research|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||VolkswagenStiftung, Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, Wallander Foundation, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, Ifo Institute|
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