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Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs

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  • Brown, Clair

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    (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Lane, Julia

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    (American Institutes for Research)

  • Sturgeon, Timothy

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    (MIT)

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Although public policy is influenced by the perception that workers worry about the impact of trade on their jobs, there is little empirical evidence on what shapes such views. This paper uses new data to examine how workers’ perceptions of the impact of trade are related to their career paths, job characteristics, and local labor market conditions. Surprisingly, given prior literature, we find that workers’ perceptions primarily reflect local labor market conditions and education rather than labor market experiences or job characteristics.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5368.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5368

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Keywords: globalization; trade; job characteristics; local labor markets; job loss; job security;

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