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

Avraham Ebenstein, Ann Harrison (), Margaret McMillan () and Shannon Phillips
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Shannon Phillips: Boston College

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2014, vol. 96, issue 4, 581-595

Abstract: We link industry-level data on trade and offshoring with individual-level worker data from the Current Population Surveys from 1984 to 2002. We find that occupational exposure to globalization is associated with significant wage effects, while industry exposure has no significant impact. We present evidence that globalization has put downward pressure on worker wages through the reallocation of workers away from higher-wage manufacturing jobs into other sectors and other occupations. Using a panel of workers, we find that occupation switching due to trade led to real wage losses of 12 to 17 percentage points. © 2014 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Keywords: trade; offshoring; globalization; wages; industry exposure; real wage loss (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 J31 J70 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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