Offshoring and the Internationalization of Employment: A Challenge for a Fair Globalization?

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International Labour Organization, 2006 - Business & Economics - 253 pages

Are job losses and the degradation of working conditions in the developed world due to globalization and the offshoring of jobs? Contrary to popular beliefs and fears, most economic analysis evaluating the long-term and global implications of the internationalization of employment does not support this view. Yet for workers who have been displaced, a positive global impact does not remove their immediate loss. This study discusses a paradox: globalization may have enhanced the overall well-being of those countries that have participated, and reduced poverty worldwide, but it looks more and more like a monster that devours jobs, as there are few mechanisms to compensate those that have suffered. The book analyzes trends and patterns in the internationalization of employment, looks at losers and winners, and proposes new policies of compensation.


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Globalization and its impact on jobs and wages
Service jobs on the move offshore outsourcing of business related services
some observations on US China
Using active and passive employment policies to accompany
The internationalization of employment and the debate about offshoring
sop or silver lining?
The role of international labour standards for governing
The role of labour law for industrial restructuring
List of Participants
Notes on the FranceILO dialogue on the social dimension

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Peter Auer is chief of employment analysis and research in the Employment Strategy Department of the ILO. Geneviève Besse is responsible for international projects for the Research and Statistical Information Directorate (DARES) of the French Ministry for Employment and Solidarity. Dominique Méda is head of the research unit of DARES.

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