Global Competition, International Integration—Implications of Trade and Offshoring for American Workers

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Early Career Research Award


The past decade has seen an increase in international integration. China, India and other emerging countries have opened their borders to trade and investment, and advances in communication have enabled a break-up of the production process across borders. As information technology advances and education improves in emerging countries, the proportion of jobs that can be moved offshore is rising. This globalization has raised concerns among many bosses, workers, and politicians about whether all jobs will go offshore to low-wage economies. This research project examines the implications of international trade and offshoring for the U.S. labor market.