Rafael Gomez and Morley Gunderson are at the University of Toronto. René Morissette is at Statistics Canada.
Labour Adjustment Implications of Service Offshoring: Evidence from Canada
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2012
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 148–173, March 2013
How to Cite
Gomez, R., Gunderson, M. and Morissette, R. (2013), Labour Adjustment Implications of Service Offshoring: Evidence from Canada. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 51: 148–173. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2012.00898.x
The views expressed in this article do not represent the views of Statistics Canada.
- Issue published online: 25 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
- Final version accepted on 26 February 2012.
About one-fifth of Canadian employees are in jobs that are vulnerable to service offshoring. Despite this figure, both theory and our empirical evidence (based on a variety of methodologies and datasets) suggest that the offshoring of business services is not likely to lead to large adverse employment effects. We also conclude that existing active labour market adjustment policies (e.g. increased labour market information, job search, mobility and training) developed for other adjustment pressures such as technological change and free-trade in goods are just as appropriate (perhaps even more so) to deal with the consequences of service offshoring.