Japan And Her Dealings With Offshoring: An Empirical Analysis With Aggregate Data

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Executive Summary

First moves towards a real understanding of the offshoring phenomenon date back to very recent times, with employment and productivity effects occupying much of the literature around the subject. In particular for Japan, the studies conducted so far focus on the disaggregate level and put the stress on the productivity side alone. In this paper the author carries out both the analyses of the employment and productivity effects at the aggregate level of the industry, covering the years 1980-2005. Moreover, he considers all industries within the economy and take account of both materials and services offshoring.

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