Offshoring and Employment

Trends and Impacts

image of Offshoring and Employment

Offshoring—the transfer of an industrial activity abroad—has become a fact of life for business. But it is also perceived as a threat by a large segment of the general public. And much of the public concern centers on employment, especially the potential loss of domestic jobs. This groundbreaking report provides new insights into the phenomenon of offshoring. First, the report defines offshoring in detail, allowing readers to see the many ways that industrial activity—both in manufacturing and in services—can be transferred abroad. The report then describes the wide-ranging effects that offshoring can have on domestic employment—the positive, as well as the negative. Finally, this ground-breaking report outlines the public policy implications of offshoring. It suggests ways to limit the downside of offshoring while helping to build trust between the various stakeholders working to address this issue.

English French


How offshoring affects employment

This chapter considers the major variables that determine how offshoring affects domestic employment, and it distinguishes between the short-term and medium-term effects on employment. While the short-term effects of offshoring are often negative, in the longerterm the effects can be positive, depending on the interaction between production, direct investment and international trade flows. The chief motivations for offshoring are also briefly presented along with the latest developments in the theoretical debate regarding trade, offshoring and employment.

English French

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error