Title: Modularity and the Organization of International Production
Authors: Van Assche, Ari # ×
Issue Date: Aug-2008
Publisher: North-Holland
Series Title: Japan and the World Economy vol:20 issue:3 pages:353-368
Abstract: In recent decades, the global electronics industry has experienced a large reorganization. U.S. electronics firms have on a large scale off-shored and outsourced their manufacturing activities. Japanese electronics firms have offshored a large portion of their manufacturing, but have remained vertically integrated. To account for these industry trends, we build an two-country industry-equilibrium model in which firms concurrently choose (i) a product architecture, (ii) an ownership structure and (iii) a location for production. We demonstrate that technological advances that allow firms to more easily modularize their products can explain the co-evolving trends of offshoring and outsourcing. We also assess the role of technology on the different patterns of reorganization between Japanese and U.S. firms.
ISSN: 0922-1425
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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