Fear of Service Outsourcing: Is it Justified?

 
Author/Editor: Amiti, Mary ; Wei, Shang-Jin
 
Publication Date: October 01, 2004
 
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Summary: The recent media and political attention on service outsourcing from developed to developing countries gives the impression that outsourcing is exploding. As a result, workers in industrial countries are anxious about job losses. This paper aims to establish what are the hypes and what are the facts. The results show that although service outsourcing has been steadily increasing it is still very low, and that in the United States and many other industrial countries "insourcing" is greater than outsourcing. Using the United Kingdom as a case study, we find that job growth at a sectoral level is not negatively related to service outsourcing.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 04/186
Subject(s): Employment | United States | United Kingdom

Author's Keyword(s): Outsourcing | services | employment
 
English
Publication Date: October 01, 2004
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA1862004 Pages: 41
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