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Because your day doesn’t suck enough…

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Another piece of economic news from the beginning of October (which we missed, sorry):

Using a specially-designed telephone survey, which Princeton University’s Survey Research Center put in the field in June and July 2008, we experimented with three different ways to measure offshorability. In the first, professional coders used the answers to standard CPS questions to rate the offshorability of each person’s job. In the second, respondents essentially classified their own jobs by answering a single question about the need for face-to-face contact and/or physical presence on the job. (Both attributes indicate an inability to move the work offshore.) In the third, we used the answers to a series of questions on face-to-face contact, the ability to deliver one’s work from a remote location, etc. to create our own index of the offshorability of each job.

Strikingly, and surprisingly, all three measures agreed on the overall macro number – roughly speaking, 25% of US jobs are offshorable.

Full story here