The impact of offshoring on innovation and productivity: Evidence from Swedish manufacturing firms
Christopher Baum (),
Hans Lööf (),
Andreas Stephan () and
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Ingrid Viklund-Ros: CESIS, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
No 1014, Boston College Working Papers in Economics from Boston College Department of Economics
We examine the impact of offshoring on patenting and total factor productivity as a measure on technical change using a panel of 7,000 mainly small Swedish manufacturing firms over the period 2001-2014. We apply the United Nations Broad Economic Categories (BEC) system to identify offshoring-related intermediate imports. The empirical analysis shows that a positive link between offshoring and innovation exists. However, the effects are much weaker and less significant when self-selection and reverse causality from innovation to offshoring are considered.
Keywords: offshoring; patent; trademark; innovation; productivity; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 F23 O47 O33 O52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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