Runjuan Liu

Alberta School of Business
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6
Tel: 7804920334
Fax: 7804923325

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Institutional Affiliation: University of Alberta

NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2017A Sorted Tale of Globalization: White Collar Jobs and the Rise of Service Offshoring
with Daniel Trefler
in Trade and Labor Markets, Gordon H. Hanson and Stephen J. Redding, organizers
November 2011A Sorted Tale of Globalization: White Collar Jobs and the Rise of Service Offshoring
with Daniel Trefler: w17559
We study how the rise of trade in services with China and India has impacted U.S. labour markets. The topic has two understudied aspects: it deals with service trade (most studies deal with manufacturing trade) and it examines the historical first of U.S. workers competing with educated but low-wage foreign workers. Our empirical agenda is made complicated by the endogeneity of service imports and the endogenous sorting of workers across occupations. To develop an estimation framework that deals with these, we imbed a partial equilibrium model of 'trade in tasks' within a general equilibrium model of occupational choice. The model highlights the need to estimate labour market outcomes using changes in the outcomes of individual workers and, in particular, to distinguish workers who switch ...

Published: Runjuan Liu & Daniel Trefler, 2019. "A Sorted Tale of Globalization: White Collar Jobs and the rise of Service Offshoring," Journal of International Economics, . citation courtesy of

June 2008Much Ado About Nothing: American Jobs and the Rise of Service Outsourcing to China and India
with Daniel Trefler: w14061
We examine the impact on U.S. labor markets of offshore outsourcing in services to China and India. We also consider the reverse flow or 'inshoring' which is the sale of services produced in the United States to unaffiliated buyers in China and India. Using March-to-March matched CPS data for 1996-2006 we examine the impacts on (1) occupation and industry switching, (2) weeks spent unemployed as a share of weeks in the labor force, and (3) earnings. We precisely estimate small positive effects of inshoring and smaller negative effects of offshore outsourcing. The net effect is positive. To illustrate how small the effects are, suppose that over the next nine years all of inshoring and offshore outsourcing grew at rates experienced during 1996-2005 in business, professional and techn...
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