Makro-Pic Seminar: Globalization 2.0: Offshoring, Trade in Tasks, and the Labor Market

Lecture number: 800991
Block Seminar: January, 13(HDW 2.112; Heinrich Dueker Weg 5) and January, 1421.07.2016 17:42:45 (Oec 1.1.163), 2017.
Kickoff Meeting: October, 27th, 10am, Room ZHG 1.141.
Application: until November, 3rd, 2016.
Allocation of Topics: November, 4th, 2016.
Enrollment in Flexnow: November, 5th- 15th.
Essay Submission: until December, 14th.
Final Prep Meeting: upon request, December 14th, 9am, Room VG 1.106
Seminar Info: info
Supervision: Dr Ana Abeliansky: email
Course material for participants is available at the course material webpage

Advice for writing an essay and presenting it in a seminar.


1. Trade and Wages, Reconsidered

Reference: Krugman, P.R. (2008). Trade and wages, reconsidered. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2008(1), 103-154.

2. The Impact of Outsourcing and High-Technology Capital on Wages

Reference: Feenstra, R.C., and Hanson, G.H. (1999). The impact of outsourcing and high-technology capital on wages: estimates for the United States, 1979-1990. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 907-940.

3. Global Value Chains

References: Timmer, M. P., Erumban, A. A., Los, B., Stehrer, R., and de Vries, G. J. (2014). Slicing up global value chains. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(2), 99-118.
Los, B., Timmer, M.P., and Vries, G.J. (2015). How global are global value chains? A new approach to measure international fragmentation. Journal of Regional Science, 55(1), 66-92.
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4. Explaining Job Polarization

Reference: Goos, M, A. Manning and A. Salomons (2014). Explaining job polarization: Routine-biased technological change and offshoring. American Economic Review, 104(8): 2509-25.

5. Offshoring and the Onshore Composition of Tasks and Skills

Reference: Becker, S.O., Ekholm, K., and Muendler, M.A. (2013). Offshoring and the onshore composition of tasks and skills. Journal of International Economics, 90(1), 91-106.

6. Trade Adjustment: Worker-Level Evidence

Reference: Dorn, D., Hanson, G.H., and Song, J. (2014). Trade Adjustment: Worker-Level Evidence. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129(4), 1799-1860.

7. Job Polarization and Jobless Recoveries

Reference: Jaimovich, N. and H.E. Siu (2012). The trend is the cycle: job polarization and jobless recoveries. NBER Working Paper, 18334.

8. A Ricardian Model of the Labor Market

Reference: Section 4 in: Acemoglu, D. and D.H. Autor (2011). Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earnings, in Handbook of Labor Economics edited by Orley Ashenfelter and David Card, Vol. 4B, Ch. 12, 1043-1171.

9. Can Vertical Specialization Explain the Growth of World Trade?

References: Yi, K. M. (2003). Can vertical specialization explain the growth of world trade?. Journal of Political Economy, 111(1), 52-102.

10. Trading Tasks: A Simple Theory of Offshoring

Reference: Grossman, G.M., and Rossi-Hansberg, E. (2008). Trading tasks: A simple theory of offshoring. The American Economic Review, 98(5), 1978-1997.

11. Trade, Education, and the Shrinking Middle Class

Reference: Blanchard, E., and Willmann, G. (2016). Trade, education, and the shrinking middle class. Journal of International Economics, 99, 263-278.

12. Immigration, Offshoring, and American Jobs

Reference: Ottaviano, G. I., Peri, G., and Wright, G. C. (2013). Immigration, offshoring, and American jobs. American Economic Review, 103(5), 1925-1959.

13. A Race to the Bottom in Labor Standards?

Reference: Davies, R.B., and Vadlamannati, K.C. (2013). A race to the bottom in labor standards? An empirical investigation. Journal of Development Economics, 103, 1-14.

14. The Decline of the Labor Share

Reference: Elsby, M.W., Hobijn, B., and Sahin, A. (2013). The decline of the US labor share. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2013(2), 1-63.

15. Premature Deindustrialization

Reference: Rodrik, D. (2016). Premature deindustrialization. Journal of Economic Growth, 21(1), 1-33.

16. Import Competition and Mental Distress

Reference: Colantone, I., R. Crino, and L. Ogliari (2015). The hidden cost of globalization: Import competition and mental distress, CEPR, Discussion Paper 10874.