Economic development in emerging economies, liberalization of trade, and advances in telecommunications and transportation are “shrinking” the globe and increasing the economic interactions among nations. While the rapid expansion of trade in goods and services has brought opportunities to many, the structural shifts associated with the rapid pace of globalization have imposed significant costs on many communities and their workers.


  • What are the impacts of trade in goods and services on employment and wages?
  • How is the growth in trade affecting the industrial and occupational structure of the economy?
  • In the United States, is trade adjustment assistance effective in helping individuals adversely affected by trade secure new employment?
  • Can we adequately measure the effects of globalization on the U.S. economy and workers? What are the data gaps and biases in economic statistics?

Conference on "Measuring the Effects of Globalization"
February 28–March 1, 2013
Washington, DC

Conference agenda and papers
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Selected Institute Research

The Debate over the State of U.S. Manufacturing: How the Computer Industry Affects the Numbers and Perceptions
Susan N. Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute
Employment Research 19(3): 1-4

Offshoring Bias in U.S. Manufacturing
Susan N. Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute
Christopher Kurz, Federal Reserve Board
Paul Lengermann, Federal Reserve Board
Benjamin Mandel, Federal Reserve Board
Journal of Economic Perspectives 25(2): 111-132, 2011

Offshoring and Import Price Measurement
Susan Houseman, Upjohn Institute
Survey of Current Business (February): 7-11, 2011

Not All Productivity Gains are the Same. Here's Why.
Susan Houseman, Upjohn Institute
What Matters/McKinsey&Company June 1, 2011

Globalization and International Development: Critical Issues of the 21st Century
Sisay Asefa, Western Michigan University, editor
Upjohn Institute Press, 2007

Job Creation, Job Destruction, and International Competition
Michael W. Klein, Tufts University
Scott Schuh, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Robert K. Triest, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Upjohn Institute Press, 2003

Additional Institute Research on Globalization