The Corner

Understanding Outsourcing

Columbia’s Jagdish Bhagwati, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on trade and globalization, explains why “outsourcing” is not an economic problem. His bottom line: “when jobs disappear in America it is usually because technical change has destroyed them, not because they have gone anywhere. In the end, Americans’ increasing dependence on an ever-widening array of technology will create a flood of high-paying jobs requiring hands-on technicians, not disembodied voices from the other side of the world.” As usual, Bhagwati is exactly right.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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