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The Outsourcing Bogeyman

Author: Daniel W. Drezner, Professor of International Politics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
May/June 2004
Foreign Affairs

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According to the election-year bluster of politicians and pundits, the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries has become a problem of epic proportion. Fortunately, this alarmism is misguided. Outsourcing actually brings far more benefits than costs, both now and in the long run. If its critics succeed in provoking a new wave of American protectionism, the consequences will be disastrous -- for the U.S. economy and for the American workers they claim to defend.

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