Alternative measures of offshorability: A survey approach

Alan S. Blinder, Alan B. Krueger

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This article reports on household survey measurements of the "offshorability" of jobs, defined as the ability to perform the work from abroad. Wedevelop 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S97-S128
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number2 PART2
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics


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