SEEK-Project 2011: The Division of Tasks, Offshoring and the Competitiveness of Europe’s Knowledge Economy
Recent developments in ICT and the growth of the emerging economies of China and India have generated a process of offshoring in which some activities move away from Europe. Sound policy responses require an understanding of what types of activities are contestable and a view on the strengths of the European knowledge economy.
Activities at the level of workers, firms and regions are the outcome of a global trading process resulting in bundles of integrated tasks. The possibility to offshore part of the work has changed these bundles of tasks and employment growth. Some tasks are easy to unbundle, while other tasks tend to cluster to benefit from lower communication costs.
This project aims to improve our understanding of the bundling and unbundling of tasks in Europe from the perspective of recent developments in ICT and globalisation. A theoretical framework is developed to understand the margins of bundling and unbundling, trends in the division of tasks are measured and interpreted for Germany, Britain and the Netherlands, and the further consequences of these developments for the organisation of work in firms are considered for Germany, the largest European economy.
The research programme “Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in
the European Knowledge Economies (SEEK)” is funded by the State of
Duration: 01.04.2011 - 30.09.2012
- Prof. Dr. Bas ter Weel, Centraal Planbureau (CPB) and University of Maastricht, Department of Economics, Den Haag , NL
- Prof. Dr. Lex Borghans, University of Maastricht, Department of Economics, Maastricht, NL
- Suzanne Kok, Centraal Planbureau (CPB), Den Haag, NL