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The New Wave of Outsourcing


Ashok Bardhan


University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Cynthia A. Kroll


University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

October 2003

Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Research Report Series No. 1103

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This paper assesses the potential impact of the ongoing phenomenon of services offshoring (frequently referred to as outsourcing, in the media) by analyzing the occupational structure of the US labor market. It develops a list of occupational attributes of offshoreability, points out the institutional characteristics, wage-differences and other features of the recipient economies, such as India, and compares and contrasts manufacturing and services offshoring. The paper suggests that 14 million jobs or 11% of the employed labor force is vulnerable and at-risk to offshoring. The authors also look at the potential impact of offshoring on real estate and on regional/metropolitan areas in the US, and speculate about future economic-adjustment scenarios.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: outsourcing, offshoring, occupations, India, US, job loss

JEL Classification: J6, J3, F1, F2, R2

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Date posted: June 5, 2007  

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Bardhan, Ashok and Kroll, Cynthia A., The New Wave of Outsourcing (October 2003). Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Research Report Series No. 1103. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=985741 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.985741

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Ashok Bardhan (Contact Author)
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )
545 Student Services Building
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Cynthia A. Kroll
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )
545 Student Services Building
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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