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date: 22 January 2022

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This chapter assesses the evolution of offshoring and its socioeconomic impact in France over the period 1990–2009. It analyzes the relationship between offshoring and employment and explores the links between globalization and financialization and their consequences on labor. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 2 presents the state of the literature on offshoring in France. Section 3 describes the data and methodology. Section 4 assesses at the macro level the evolution of offshoring in France during the past two decades and offers preliminary findings of firms’ behavior in the context of the 2008–9 financial crisis. Section 5 proposes an econometric analysis of the relationship between offshoring, employment, and the share of labor in value-added. As aggregate results are often inconclusive, section 6 provides a more detailed outlook at the industry level. Section 7 summarizes the results and points out the policy implications of the analysis in the context of slow recovery and uncertainties on the economic prospects of high income economies such as France.

Keywords: offshoring, France, socioeconomic impact, employment, globalization, financialization, labor market, outsourcing

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