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dc.contributor.authorAntonietti, Roberto-
dc.contributor.authorAntonioli, Davide-
dc.description.abstractThis work explores the effects of production offshoring on the workforce skill composition of manufacturing firms. Its aim is to assess if the firms’ strategy to offshore production determines a domestic employment bias in favor of high-skilled workers. Using three repeated cross-sections of firm-level data over the period 1995-2003, we test the effect of production offshoring on the skill composition by looking at different measures of skills by occupational title and by employing a quasi-experimental analysis based on propensity score matching. Our results point to a modest,and in some cases down-skilling, impact of offshoring on the skill composition of Italian manufacturing: in particular, we find that firms that farmed out production activities in 1998-2000 generally employ a lower share of skilled, non manual, workers with respect to the counterfactual of non-delocalizing firms. Despite the usual findings about the negative impact of international delocalization on low-skilled employment, we find that middle-managers are the most affected category. Such evidence may find a twofold explanation: on the one hand, skilled workers can decline more than unskilled workers because of a substitution effect that is driven by the will of reducing not only redundant activities, but also to outsource complementary skill-intensive activities such as control and coordination for which middle-managers are employed for. On the other hand, skilled workers may decline in absolute terms, because of a quantity effect that occurs when firms decide to transfer managerial staff in order to coordinate and supervise the activities shifted abroad.en
dc.subjectProduction offshoringen
dc.subjectSkill compositionen
dc.subjectPropensity score matchingen
dc.titleProduction offshoring and the skill composition of Italian manufacturing firms: a non-parametric analysisen
dc.typeConference lectureen
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of Bologna-
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of Ferrara-
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