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Does Offshoring of Materials and Business Services Affect Employment? Evidence from a Small Open Economy

Bernhard Michel and Francois Rycx ()

No 09-10.RS, DULBEA Working Papers from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: The fear of massive job losses has prompted a fast-growing literature on offshoring and its impact on employment in advanced economies. This paper examines the situation for Belgium. It improves the offshoring intensity measure by computing a volume measure of the share of imported intermediates in output and it is among the first to address both materials and business services offshoring to high-wage and low-wage countries. Estimations of static and dynamic industry-level labour demand equations augmented by offshoring intensities do not reveal a significant impact of either materials or business services offshoring on total employment for Belgium between 1995 and 2003.

Keywords: Offshoring; imported intermediate inputs; supply and use tables; industry-level employment; labour demand equations; panel data. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 49 p.
Date: 2009
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