DP10574 Multi-product Offshoring
|Author(s):||Carsten Eckel, Michael Irlacher|
|Publication Date:||May 2015|
|Keyword(s):||cannibalization effect, efficiency-seeking offshoring, general oligopolistic equilibrium, product range|
|JEL(s):||F12, F23, L23|
|Programme Areas:||International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10574|
We show that the labor market effects of product line relocations within multi-product firms differ significantly from the relocation of production tasks within single-product firms. By incorporating offshoring of labor-intensive goods in a model with multi-product firms, and exploring its implications in partial and general equilibrium, we identify the cannibalization effect of offshoring as an important transmission mechanism within multi-product firms and show that this effect hits domestic labor demand in addition to the well-known relocation effect. Furthermore, we contribute to the growing literature on multi-product firms and trade by showing that lower offshoring costs tend to increase the range of products produced.