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Services Offshoring: Background and Implications for California

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Publication Date: August 2004

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): Jon D. Haveman; Howard J. Shatz

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Series: Occasional Papers

Topic: Labor (Employment and labor supply)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


This paper provides background information for policy consideration of the offshoring of services. The authors describe the concept of offshoring, explain its appeal, and put the phenomenon in both its historical and current context. The paper explains how technology and business services offshoring fits into the growing globalization of the U.S. and world economies. It concludes by discussing some policy implications and describing how much more data and analysis are required for the development of effective policy.