Offshoring and Outsourcing Potentials: Evidence from German Micro‐Level Data

32 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2017

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Tobias Brändle

University of Tuebingen; Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW)

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

This paper provides two indicators that measure: (i) offshoring potentials (cross‐country geographical relocation) and (ii) outsourcing potentials (organisational relocation) separately at the level of jobs, occupations, tasks and industries. We use four waves of the BIBB/BAuA Labour Force Survey in Germany and apply principal component analysis based on a large set of potential determinants of offshoring and outsourcing derived from the literature. Our results show significant variation across these levels in the determinants of both dimensions. We provide a comprehensive empirical classification of the determinants of how easily jobs can be offshored and outsourced. This can serve as a basis for further research to investigate the economic effects of job offshoreability.

Suggested Citation

Brändle, Tobias, Offshoring and Outsourcing Potentials: Evidence from German Micro‐Level Data (September 2017). The World Economy, Vol. 40, Issue 9, pp. 1775-1806, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3036151 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12439

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