Outsourcing of Services and the Productivity Recovery in U.S. Manufacturing in the 1980s and 1990s

  title={Outsourcing of Services and the Productivity Recovery in U.S. Manufacturing in the 1980s and 1990s},
  author={Edward N. Wol},
  • Edward N. Wol
  • Published 2000
Manufacturing productivity growth recovered during the 1980s and 1990s, while other sectors, particularly services, did not. In the same period U.S. manufacturing has engaged in the ”outsourcing” or ”contracting-out” of service functions. Has the recovery of manufacturing been accomplished by industrial reorganization sloughing o¤ sluggish services rather than technical progress? We analyze this question by reducing service inputs to their consituent elements of material inputs. Service… CONTINUE READING
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