Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs

Clair Brown, Julia Lane, Timothy Sturgeon

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This article uses new data to examine how workers' perceptions of the impact of trade on jobs like theirs are related to economic variables representing their career paths, job characteristics, and local labor market conditions. We find that only 17 percent of workers think trade creates jobs. And even fewer workers (4-7 percent) in any industry think trade has created better jobs. We find that workers' perceptions do not reflect their job characteristics or the movability of their jobs. Their perceptions of trade primarily reflect local labor market conditions (hiring and separation rates) and education. The determinants of workers' perceptions of trade present a different pattern compared with their perceptions of job security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalIndustrial Relations
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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Personnel
Education
Workers
Economics
Industry
Market conditions
Local labour markets
Job characteristics
Career paths
Hiring
Economic variables
Job security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs. / Brown, Clair; Lane, Julia; Sturgeon, Timothy.

In: Industrial Relations, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 1-21.

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Brown, Clair ; Lane, Julia ; Sturgeon, Timothy. / Workers' Views of the Impact of Trade on Jobs. In: Industrial Relations. 2013 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 1-21.
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