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Are routine jobs moving south?: Evidence from changes in the occupational structure of employment in the USA and Mexico

Guido Matias Cortes () and Diego Morris ()

No wp-2020-11, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: The decline of employment in middle-wage, routine task intensive jobs has been well documented for the USA. Increased offshoring towards lower-income countries such as Mexico has been proposed as a potential driver of this decline. Our analysis provides a unique and new approach to address the question of whether trade and offshoring have impacted the occupational structure of employment in the USA by comparing the evolution of employment across 175 detailed occupational categories in both countries.

Keywords: Employment; employment structure; routine employment; Trade; offshoring; Mexico (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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