Shaiken specializes in issues of work, technology, and global production. He explores issues at the intersection of globalization and the organization of work and their consequences for labor. In particular, he has examined issues of economic and political integration in the Americas, with a focus on the United States and Mexico. He is an adviser on trade and labor issues to public and private organizations and leading members of the U.S. Congress, and a member of the advisory boards of the Center for American Progress and the Latin American Program of the Open Society Institute.
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Aims to provide fresh perspectives on the tension between the promise of export-led growth and the pressures of globalization, and concludes that depressed wages can make firms competitive in the short run but do not lay the basis for positive development.
Examines three dimensions of Mexico-U.S. trade: first, the overall nature of the trading relationship, focusing on “revolving door” exports; second, the emergence of Mexico as a high quality, high productivity exporter; and third, the institutional factors shaping the disconnect between Mexico’s increasing productivity and low real wages.