We Can Work It Out

Desirée van Welsum and Xavier Reif

in International Trade in Services and Intangibles in the Era of Globalization

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226709598
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226709604 | DOI:
We Can Work It Out

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This chapter examines the share of employment potentially affected by information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled offshoring of services in order to determine the potential effect of offshore outsourcing on labor markets in the U.S. and other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The analysis uses a combination of trade and employment data and simple descriptive regressions for a panel of OECD economies between 1996 and 2003. This chapter identifies the association of evolution over time with the share of these potentially offshorable occupations in total employment and discusses a number of different measures of the extent to which services activities have become globalized.

Keywords: offshoring; ICT-enabled services; OECD countries; employment; service activities; globalization

Chapter.  14313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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