Offshoring and job loss fears: an econometric analysis of individual perceptions

Geishecker, Ingo, Riedl, Maximilian and Frijters, Paul (2012) Offshoring and job loss fears: an econometric analysis of individual perceptions. Labour Economics, 19 5: 738-747. doi:10.1016/j.labeco.2012.05.018

Author Geishecker, Ingo
Riedl, Maximilian
Frijters, Paul
Title Offshoring and job loss fears: an econometric analysis of individual perceptions
Journal name Labour Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0927-5371
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.labeco.2012.05.018
Volume 19
Issue 5
Start page 738
End page 747
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract We quantify the impact of offshoring and other globalisation measures on individual perceptions of job security. For the analysis we combine industry-level offshoring measures with micro-level data from a large German household panel survey and estimate ordinal fixed effects models. Our results indicate that offshoring to low-wage countries significantly raises job loss fears whilst offshoring to high-wage countries somewhat lowers them. Over our sample period from 1995 to 2006, offshoring to low and high-wage countries together can account for about 13% of the total increase in job loss fears. High-skilled workers are more sensitive to offshoring although their objective job loss risk is lower relative to low-skilled workers, which we argue reflects the fact that they have more to lose from unemployment.
Keyword Job loss fears
Job security perceptions
Firm-Level Evidence
Displaced Workers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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