Mendoza School of Business

Why it Matters: Outsourcing

Published: October 22, 2012 / Author: Christopher Rugaber

Finance Professor Jeff Bergstrand is quoted in this Bloomberg Businessweek article about manufacturing jobs. This article appeared in various publications including U.S. News & World Report and Huffington Post. To read the entire article visit: WHY IT MATTERS: Outsourcing.

The issue:

U.S. multinational companies have taken advantage of lower trade barriers over the past 15 years to shift jobs and production to lower-wage countries, a practice generally known as outsourcing. That’s cut costs for consumers and helped those companies grow, which can support employment in the United States. Still, it has also raised fears that the United States is permanently losing the kind of high-paying, manufacturing jobs needed to support a healthy middle class.


Even so, economists warn that the two candidates are overstating the potential for a manufacturing renaissance. Jeffrey Bergstrand, a professor at the University of Notre Dame, calls it “factory nostalgia.”


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