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Accession Number PB2013-110961
Title Gains from Offshoring. Evidence from U.S. Microdata.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 51p
Personal Author J. Park J. Sivadasan R. Monarch
Abstract We construct a new linked data set with over one thousand offshoring events by matching Trade Adjustment Assistance program petition data to micro-data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We exploit this data to assess how offshoring impacts domestic firm-level aggregate employment, output, wages and productivity. A class of models predicts that more productive firms engage in offshoring, and that this leads to gains in output and (measured) productivity, and potential gains in employment and wages, in the remaining domestic activities of the offshoring firm. Consistent with these models, we find that offshoring firms are on average larger and more productive compared to non-offshorers. However, we find that offshorers suffer from a large decline in employment (32 per cent) and output (28 per cent) relative to their peers even in the long run. Further, we find no significant change in average wages or in total factor productivity measures at affected firms. We find these results robust to a variety of checks. Thus we find no evidence for positive spillovers to the remaining domestic activity of firms in this large sample of offshoring events.
Keywords Aggregates
Businesses
Census
Decline
Economic model
Employment
Gains
Impact
International trade
Macroeconomics
Offshoring
Productivity
Wages


 
Source Agency Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census
NTIS Subject Category 96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
96C - International Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
Corporate Author Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Dept. of Economics.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1324
Contract Number N/A

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