TITLE

Domestic Implications of a Global Labor Market

AUTHOR(S)
Silvia, John E.
PUB. DATE
July 2006
SOURCE
Business Economics;Jul2006, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Conventional thinking about labor markets has been slow to adjust to the reality of labor in a context of a global rather than a closed, national economy. Liberalization of international trade and capital flows has made substitution of foreign for domestic labor increasingly feasible. This has put downward pressure on reservation wages of unemployed workers. Also, the relatively easy substitution of foreign and domestic manufactured products relative to services has led to a dual economy in which manufacturing employment has been severely impacted by foreign competition while service employment has not. This has been amplified by the U.S.' comparative advantage in high education and skills, which tends to be more characteristic of services than of manufacturing. This implies that low-skilled workers will be increasingly left behind unless they upgrade their skills in an increasingly competitive global economy.
ACCESSION #
22067396

 

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