Chinese Import Competition, Offshoring and Servitization

Grace Gu, Samreen Malik, Dario Pozzoli, Vera Rocha

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This paper examines whether Chinese import competition increases the propensity for firms to offshore production or to cease any involvement in production by switching completely and permanently out of the manufacturing sector (servitization). Using a Danish employer-employee matched dataset covering a large sample of manufacturing firms over the 1995-2012 period, we find that import competition from China significantly increases offshoring but does not induce servitization. These findings are confirmed using various robustness tests as well as an analogous analysis of a Portuguese employer-employee matched dataset.
UdgiverCopenhagen Business School [wp]
Antal sider39
StatusUdgivet - 2021
NavnWorking Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School


  • Foreign competition
  • Offshoring
  • Servitization