Using firm-level data on offshoring of Korean manufacturers, the paper examines the relationship between firm heterogeneity and the probability of adopting offshoring. The results of the paper suggest that firm productivity may not be an important determinant for Korean firms offshoring decision. Firms global sourcing decision may rather depend on other characteristics such as factor intensity, R&D intensity, ICT level, and affiliation with foreign markets, when industry specificity is controlled for.
Firm Heterogeneity in the Choice of Offshoring: Evidence from Korean Manufacturing Firms
KIEP Working Paper