Comments: Offshoring: Political Myths and Economic Reality

I thought your article on outsourcing was quite interesting, but my concern is with the Indian people. If we are to be a global economy, that has to include global responsibility. These jobs are not going to last long. I am from the US, and just as most of the service I receive is from...fake voices...not real people...so it is bound to come in India. This is a short lived industry, and while I'm all for spreading the wealth, it's being short-sighted to fail to see the future repercussions in India, the Phillipines, etc. I don't have an answer, only the question -- what to do (from a human perspective). Thank you. Connie

Posted by Connie Daniel at December 9, 2004 11:21 PM

Offshoring IT jobs to developing countries does seem to fall into the typical economic models. However it seems to me that those doing the analysis seem to be missing the real point. IT is a glue industry; it permeates pretty much all industries and is in itself a service. Therefore there are two types of jobs we are moving: one is the Microsoft type big commercial packages, and the other is the service oriented jobs. Packages like WORD are in my opinion severely overpriced and hopefully this will deal with that. The other type of IT jobs, in the long run, affects ALL service based industries and jobs.

It would be useful if Economists look at the impact of lower communication costs and high skilled offshore workers on a developed service based economies. A commercial engineering package moved offshore is likely to result in specialists being recruited offshore too. The rolling affect of this means surely competition on any intellectual profession. Personally I donít think barriers are in anyway the answer, however I would prefer if our Economists shone a little light into this uncertainty.

Posted by Evan Mathias at January 21, 2005 02:15 PM

I completely agree with everything that was said in this article. Great post.

Posted by Smith at April 10, 2012 04:29 PM