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Off-shoring, specialization and R&D*

Ioannis Bournakis (), Michela Vecchi () and Francesco Venturini ()

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Abstract: This paper investigates whether off-shoring promotes technological specialization by reallocating resources towards high-tech industries and/or stimulating within industry R&D. Using data for the US, Japan and Europe, our results show that material off-shoring promotes high-tech specialization through input reallocation between sectors, while service off-shoring favours technologically advanced production by increasing within-industry productivity, mainly via its positive impact on R&D. Conversely, we find that the increasing fragmentation of core production tasks, captured by narrow off-shoring, has adverse effects on technological specialisation, which suggests that this type of off-shoring is mainly pursued for cost-reduction motives.

Keywords: High-tech specialization; off-shoring; productivity; R&D; OECD industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F6 L16 O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-12-15
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