The Task Content of Trade and Its Implications for US Employment and Wages

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Early Career Research Award


Beginning in the early 1990s, the landscape of international trade began changing. Economic liberalization and technological process enabled the break-up of the value chain and the off-shoring of certain tasks of production to low-wage countries. This paper examines the empirical implications of rising manufacturing and service off-shoring for U.S. workers. Specifically, the authors calculate the supply of different tasks that are embodied in the U.S. manufacturing and service trade, and then examines its impacts on employment and wages for U.S. workers.

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Liu, Runjuan and Daniel Trefler. 2011. "A Sorted Tale of Globalization: White Collar Jobs and the Rise of Service Offshoring." National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 17559.