Global Sourcing Decisions and Firm Productivity: Evidence from Spain
Wilhelm Kohler and
No 2903, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo
We investigate the link between productivity of firms and their sourcing behavior. Following Antràs & Helpman (2004) we distinguish between domestic and foreign sourcing, as well as between outsourcing and vertical integration. A firm’s choice is driven by a hold-up problem caused by lack of enforceable contracts. We use Spanish firm-level data to examine the productivity premia associated with the different sourcing strategies. We find strong empirical support for the predictions of the model.
Keywords: productivity; outsourcing; intra-firm trade; foreign direct investment; incomplete contracts; firm-level data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F23 L22 L23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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