Immigration, Offshoring, and American Jobs
AbstractFollowing Grossman and Rossi-Hansberg (2008) we present a model in which tasks of varying complexity are matched to workers of varying skill in order to develop and test predictions regarding the effects of immigration and offshoring on US native-born workers. We find that immigrant and native-born workers do not compete much due to the fact that they tend to perform tasks at opposite ends of the task complexity spectrum, with offshore workers performing the tasks in the middle. An effect of offshoring and a positive effect of immigration on native-born employment suggest that immigration and offshoring improve industry efficiency.
CitationOttaviano, Gianmarco I. P., Giovanni Peri, and Greg C. Wright. 2013. "Immigration, Offshoring, and American Jobs." American Economic Review, 103 (5): 1925-59. DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.5.1925
- J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J41 Labor Contracts
- J61 Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
- L24 Contracting Out; Joint Ventures; Technology Licensing