Low-skill offshoring and welfare compensation policies

Pablo Agnese, Jana Hromcová

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    Abstract

    © 2015 Elsevier B.V. We analyze the effects of low-skill offshoring on welfare. In the context of a matching model with different possible equilibria we discuss three alternative policies that could potentially outweigh the negative welfare effects of offshoring, namely, a change of the unemployment benefits, labor market flexibility, and a progressive tax structure. Our calibrations for the German economy suggest that increased flexibility can bring low-skill workers to pre-offshoring welfare levels, something that cannot be accomplished by meddling with the unemployment benefits scheme or a more progressive tax structure. In addition, we find that a full compensation can be achieved by an upgrading of low-skill workers, its size depending on the type of equilibrium involved. In sum, our analysis gives support to labor market flexibility and upgrading by education as best therapies for offshoring.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)408-426
    JournalEconomic Modelling
    Volume52
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

    Keywords

    • Labor market flexibility
    • Offshoring
    • Unemployment benefits
    • Upgrading
    • Welfare

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