Economic Integration and the American Worker: An Overview
Susan M. Collins
HEADLINES ANNOUNCING the end of the American dream have appeared in newspapers nationwide. The articles beneath these headlines paint a picture of deteriorating experiences and prospects for many American workers, with stagnant (or falling) wages and growing job insecurity. The same articles often highlight growing U.S. international linkages-- in particular, U.S. interactions with countries whose workers earn considerably less than American workers--as a principal cause of these difficulties.
Are American workers doing poorly? If so, is growing internationalization of the U.S. economy a primary cause? Which policy interventions, if any, are desirable? Does the importance of international factors matter when assessing policy options?____________________