Working with a mix of panel data on goods and services trade for the OECD for 1994-2004, combined with social accounts data (i.e. data on intermediate linkages) for 78 countries benchmarked to the panel midpoint, we examine the role of services as inputs in manufacturing, with a particular focus on indirect exports of services through merchandise exports, and also on the related interaction between service sector openness and the overall pattern of manufacturing exports. From the cross-section, we also develop a set of stylized facts linking services to level of development and the density of intermediate linkages. We find significant and strong positive effects from increased business service openness (i.e. greater levels of imports) on industries like machinery, motor vehicles, chemicals and electric equipment, supporting the notion that off-shoring of business services may promote the competitiveness of the most skill and technology intensive industries in the OECD. Conversely, we find evidence of negative general equilibrium effects for sectors that are less service intensive.

manufacturing exports, multiplier effects, producer services, service imports
Country and Industry Studies of Trade (jel F14), Industry Studies: Services (jel L8), Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development (jel O11)
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series
Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute
Tinbergen Institute

François, J.F, Kepler, J, & Woerz, J. (2007). Producer Services, Manufacturing Linkages, and Trade (No. TI 2007-045/2). Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute. Retrieved from