Outsourcing markets in everything

…the Pasadena Now
web site apparently posted an ad saying "We seek a newspaper journalist
based in India to report on the city government and political scene of
Pasadena, California, USA."

Via Matt Yglesias.  Dani Rodrik has relevant and oft-overlooked remarks, though I think he is underemphasizing the case where trade starts by bidding people into higher-wage jobs.


Not to encourage this (it's bad enough competing with professors, I don't need to compete with scribblers in India), but writing about far off places by phone etc is not unheard of. I believe Richard Strout, who wrote the New Republic's TRB column for decades, did so from New York's Westchester County, hardly ever coming to Washington. If he'd had the Internet he might have done it just as well from Pune.

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