Foreign outsourcing and the product cycle : evidence from micro data
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This paper provides empirical evidence on the product cycle and the firm's make-or-buy decision by using a firm-level data set with a direct measure of foreign outsourcing. Across industries, foreign outsourcing tends to be inactive in R&D-intensive industries. Within each industry, products exported from the home country are on average significantly more R&D intensive than those outsourced to independent foreign firms. Products manufactured within subsidiaries at South tend to have medium R&D intensity. This ordering in R&D intensity is consistent with the theoretical prediction.
- Applied Economics Letters
Applied Economics Letters 15(13), 1019-1022, 2008
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