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No 2010:3:
"Servicification of Manufacturing - Evidence from Swedish Firm and Enterprise Group Level Data"

Magnus Lodefalk ()

Abstract: The manufacturing industry in industrialised countries is often argued to servicify - use and sell more services - but knowledge is poor. We examine the phenomenon using detailed and com-prehensive micro level data at both the firm and enterprise group level for Sweden (1997-2006). We find that manufacturing is servicifying substantially. Services and qualified services are increasingly characterising in-house activity in manufacturing. The results imply that treat-ing services and manufacturing separately - for instance in trade policy negotiations - may be inappropriate in industrialised countries. Finally, the findings illustrate the value of enterprise group level data when studying structural economic changes.

Keywords: servicification; manufacturing; deindustrialisation; enterprise group level data; firm data; outsourcing; offshoring; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F14; L16; (follow links to similar papers)

35 pages, March 24, 2010

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