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The impact of material and service outsourcing on employment in Thailand's manufacturing industries

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Abstract:

With increasing emphasis on the importance of outsourcing, the ‘fear of job losses’ has been of significant interest, not only in the developed countries, but also in the developing countries. In this article, we empirically investigate the impacts of intermediate inputs (material) and services outsourcing on the relative demands for skilled and unskilled labour in Thailand's manufacturing sectors from 1999 to 2003. Based on the aggregation of establishment-level data at 4-digit industrial classification, we find that both intermediate inputs and service outsourcing are relatively skill-biased. Further, our results show that intermediate inputs outsourcing has negative impacts on the relative demands for skilled and unskilled workers, whereas service outsourcing shifts the demand towards skilled workers at the expense of unskilled workers.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036841003742595

Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics,National University of Singapore, 1 Arts LinkSingapore 117570, Singapore 2: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore 119614, Singapore

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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