Following Grossman and Rossi-Hansberg (2008) we use an assignment model of tasks of varying complexity to workers of varying skill in order to develop and test systematic predictions regarding the effects of immigration and offshoring on U.S. native manufacturing workers. We find that immigrants and natives do not compete much with one another 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. The null effect of offshoring and the positive effect of immigration on native employment suggest that both immigration and offshoring improve industry efficiency, thereby creating new jobs, some of which go to natives.

Immigration, offshoring and American jobs

OTTAVIANO, GIANMARCO IREO PAOLO;
2013

Abstract

Following Grossman and Rossi-Hansberg (2008) we use an assignment model of tasks of varying complexity to workers of varying skill in order to develop and test systematic predictions regarding the effects of immigration and offshoring on U.S. native manufacturing workers. We find that immigrants and natives do not compete much with one another 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. The null effect of offshoring and the positive effect of immigration on native employment suggest that both immigration and offshoring improve industry efficiency, thereby creating new jobs, some of which go to natives.
OTTAVIANO G.;G. Peri;G. Wright
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