Estimating the Impact of Trade and Offshoring on American Workers Using the Current Population Surveys

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Avraham Y. Ebenstein

Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics

Ann E. Harrison

University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Margaret McMillan

Tufts University - Department of Economics; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Shannon Phillips

Boston College

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Date Written: August 1, 2011

Abstract

The authors link industry-level data on trade and offshoring with individual-level worker data from the Current Population Surveys. They find that occupational exposure to globalization is associated with larger wage effects than industry exposure. This effect has been overlooked because it operates between rather than within sectors of the economy. The authors also find that globalization is associated with a reallocation of workers across sectors and occupations. They estimate wage losses of 2 to 4 percent among workers leaving manufacturing and 4 to 11 percent among workers who also switch occupations. These effects are most pronounced for workers who perform routine tasks.

Keywords: Labor Markets, Labor Policies, Economic Theory & Research, Emerging Markets, E-Business

Suggested Citation

Ebenstein, Avraham Y. and Harrison, Ann E. and McMillan, Margaret and Phillips, Shannon, Estimating the Impact of Trade and Offshoring on American Workers Using the Current Population Surveys (August 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5750, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1904817

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