The Deindustrialisation/Tertiarisation Hypothesis Reconsidered: A Subsystem Application to the OECD7

25 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2007 Last revised: 13 Aug 2008

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Sandro Montresor

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti

University of Milano-Bicocca - Department of Sociology and Social Research

Date Written: August 12, 2008

Abstract

The diffusion of outsourcing, both national and international, and vertical FDIs among manufacturing firms, along with the higher integration of business services in manufacturing, has recently led to question the empirical evidence supporting the Deindustrialisation/Tertiarisation (DT) hypothesis. Rather than a real phenomenon, it has been argued, DT would be an apparent one, mainly due to the reorganization of production across national and sectoral boundaries.

The empirical studies that have dealt with the topic so far have not been able to effectively rule out such possibility, because of two main limitations: the sectoral level of the analysis and/or the national focus. In order to overcome them, the paper carries out an appreciative investigation of the actual extent of the DT occurred in the OECD area over the '80s and the '90s by moving from a sector to a subsystem perspective, thus retaining both direct and indirect relations, and by referring to a pseudo-World of 7 OECD countries, thus taking into account the global dimension of the phenomenon.

The results strongly support the DT hypothesis: although the weight of business sector services in the manufacturing subsystem increased, acting as a counterbalancing tendency to the manufacturing decline, subsystem shares significantly decreased, thus confirming DT as a more fundamental trend of modern economies.

Keywords: Deindustrialization, Input-output, Producer services, Tertiarization, Subsystem, Vertical integration

JEL Classification: L60, L80, O14, P00

Suggested Citation

Montresor, Sandro and Vittucci Marzetti, Giuseppe, The Deindustrialisation/Tertiarisation Hypothesis Reconsidered: A Subsystem Application to the OECD7 (August 12, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=994058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.994058

Sandro Montresor

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Italy

Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti (Contact Author)

University of Milano-Bicocca - Department of Sociology and Social Research ( email )

via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, 8
Milano, MI 20126
Italy

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