The project aimed at a closer study of the development of services connected to manufacturing, i.e. producer services and goods distribution, with a particular focus on the manufacturing companies' make or buy decisions regarding producer services. Another important topic was the effects of outsourcing and offshoring on productivity and labor market outcomes.
This project studied the importance of producer services for the manufacturing and the service sector, as well as for the entire Swedish economy. The focus was mainly on the outsourcing of producer services and its implications for productivity and labor market outcomes.