A Thorough Look At The Real Issues Around Offshoring

from the worth-reading dept

There has been a pretty constant flow of stories about offshoring over the last few months - and while I've posted some here, I've been avoiding the stories over the last few weeks that haven't said much new. However, mhh has submitted this long, but absolutely worth reading article written by Daniel Drezner taking a very thorough look at all the issues associated with offshoring. He basically makes all the points I've been trying to make here, but does it much better, and backs it up with plenty of research. The kneejerk response is going to be for people to post anti-offshoring comments beneath this post, but I'd ask you to actually read the article first and think about what it's saying. The quick summary is that the direct impact of offshoring is much less than people make it out to be. The upsides of offshoring greatly outweigh the downsides. Protectionists policies make things much worse, and actually accelerate the problems people think are caused by offshoring. As for what we should do - there are three areas to focus on: (1) making sure companies understand the true costs of offshoring (and that they're higher than they seem at first) (2) making sure we have programs in place to help those directly impacted by offshoring and (3) making sure politicians don't take the "easy" political response, which will cause a lot more harm to the people they're trying to help. Read the full article, though, no matter how you feel about the issue.
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    Joe Baderderm, 26 Mar 2004 @ 1:00pm

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    RTFA, It's 22 million new jobs by 2010, not 220 million. Your argument is pwn3d.

    And what about the "insourced" jobs? I don't want those darn foreign companies hiring american workers! Who's with me?? Who's going to get me my fries and coke if they hire americans?

    Why does everyone who loses their job to outsourcing have to go work "flipping burger"? In the past few months, I have read so many articles about people that have lost their jobs that have gone on to start their own companies. Is everyone that inspired? No. But some people don't sit around biatching all day long and actually do something about there situation. And don't give me the crap about people losing their homes, if people were smarter about what they bought and had a budget and plan for something like this, they would have the six to nine months to come up with something else to do.

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