The effects of production offshoring on R&D and innovation in the home country

Bernhard Dachs, Bernd Ebersberger, Steffen Kinkel, Oliver Som

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelBegutachtung


We investigate the effects of production offshoring on the innovation activities of manufacturing firms in the home country. The analysis is based on a dataset of more than 3,000 manufacturing firms from seven European countries. We find that offshoring firms on average employ a higher share of R&D and design personnel, introduce new products more frequently to the market, and invest more frequently in advanced process technologies compared to non-offshoring firms. Concerns that offshoring may hurt innovation because of the lost links between production and product development are not supported by the evidence.
Seiten (von - bis)9-31
FachzeitschriftJournal of Industrial and Business Economics
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2015

Research Field

  • Ehemaliges Research Field - Innovation Systems and Policy


  • Offshoring
  • R&D
  • Home country effects
  • Investment
  • Product innovation
  • Process innovation


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