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Outsourcing and Low-Skilled Workers in the UK

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  • Anderton, Bob
  • Brenton, Paul

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Outsourcing is proxied by constructing import penetration terms for groups of countries (distinguishing between imports from industrialized countries and imports from low-wage countries) for each four-digit industry within the broader categories of textiles and non-electrical machinery. The results show that imports from low-wage countries have made a significant contribution to the decline in the wage-bill share and relative employment of the less-skilled in the UK. The degree of outsourcing may differ between industries, and large currency appreciations may have a disproportionately large impact on the economic fortunes of the less-skilled. Copyright 1999 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Board of Trustees of the Bulletin of Economic Research

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  • Anderton, Bob & Brenton, Paul, 1999. "Outsourcing and Low-Skilled Workers in the UK," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(4), pages 267-285, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:buecrs:v:51:y:1999:i:4:p:267-85
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