DOI: 10.5176/2251-2012_QQE13.11

Authors: Mery Patricia Tamayo and Elena Huergo


The offshoring of high-tech services has greatly increased in recent years, with consequences for firms demand for skilled employment in firms. This paper specifically analyzes the relationship between R&D offshoring and the demand for R&D employment using firm-level data for Spanish manufacturing and services companies during the period 2004-
2009. Estimating different specifications with panel data techniques, we find that this association is statistically positive. In particular, for services firms a 1 percentage point increase in R&D offshoring raises the demand for researchers by about 11{6e6090cdd558c53a8bc18225ef4499fead9160abd3419ad4f137e902b483c465}. This suggests the existence of complementarity among them as productive inputs.

Keywords: R&D offshoring, wages, skilled employment


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