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Alternative Measures of Offshorability: A Survey Approach

Alan S. Blinder and Alan B. Krueger
Journal of Labor Economics
Vol. 31, No. 2, The Princeton Data Improvement Initiative (April 2013), pp. S97-S128
DOI: 10.1086/669061
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/669061
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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.

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