Labour Adjustment Implications of Service Offshoring: Evidence from Canada

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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.


  • Morley Gunderson
  • Rafael Gomez
  • René Morissette

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British Journal of Industrial Relations