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Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs

31 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2010  

Clair Brown

UC Berkeley - Department of Economics

Julia Lane

Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Timothy Sturgeon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Abstract

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.

Keywords: globalization, trade, job characteristics, local labor markets, job loss, job security

JEL Classification: J21, J08

Suggested Citation

Brown, Clair and Lane, Julia and Sturgeon, Timothy, Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5368. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728325

Clair Brown (Contact Author)

UC Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )

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Julia Lane

Wagner Graduate School of Public Service ( email )

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Timothy Sturgeon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

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