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Alternative Measures of Offshorability: A Survey Approach

Author(s): Blinder, Alan S; Krueger, Alan B

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Abstract: This article reports on household survey measurements of the “offshorability” of jobs, defined as the ability to perform the work from abroad. We develop multiple measures of offshorability, using both self-reporting and professional coders. All measures find that roughly 25% of US jobs are offshorable. Our three preferred measures agree between 70% and 80% of the time. Professional coders appear to provide the most accurate assessments. Empirically, more educated workers appear to hold somewhat more offshorable jobs, and offshorability does not have systematic effects on either wages or the probability of layoff.
Publication Date: Apr-2013
Citation: Blinder, Alan S, Krueger, Alan B. (2013). Alternative Measures of Offshorability: A Survey Approach. Journal of Labor Economics, 31 (S1), S97 - S128. doi:10.1086/669061
DOI: doi:10.1086/669061
ISSN: 0734-306X
EISSN: 1537-5307
Pages: S97 - S128
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Labor Economics
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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