Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs
UC Berkeley - Department of Economics
American Institutes for Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5368
Although public policy is influenced by the perception that workers worry about the impact of trade on their jobs, there is little empirical evidence on what shapes such views. This paper uses new data to examine how workers' perceptions of the impact of trade are related to their career paths, job characteristics, and local labor market conditions. Surprisingly, given prior literature, we find that workers' perceptions primarily reflect local labor market conditions and education rather than labor market experiences or job characteristics.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: globalization, trade, job characteristics, local labor markets, job loss, job security
JEL Classification: J21, J08
Date posted: December 19, 2010
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