Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Ratio Working Papers,
The Ratio Institute

No 182: Dynamic Effects of Corruption on Offshoring

Patrik Tingvall ()
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Patrik Tingvall: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Abstract: For international outsourcing to occur, agents from different jurisdictions must agree on a contract. Using Swedish firm-level data, we analyze offshoring and how a firm’s choice of target country and the dynamics of offshored volumes are affected by corruption. The results suggest that corruption is a deterrent to offshoring and that internationalized firms trading with many countries use their flexibility to avoid corrupt countries. Furthermore, firms that are able to establish long-term contracts do so by starting small and successively deepening their engagements.

Keywords: corruption; offshoring; gravity; firm-level data

JEL-codes: D22; F23; L24

32 pages, December 20, 2011

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