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Prof. Dr. Julia Püschel's Research Projects

Julia Püschel is an applied economist and her research focuses on long-term, structural socio-economic trends. She has extensive regional expertise in Europe, the United States, and China. Julia’s dissertation has provided new evidence to deepen the understanding of the determinants and wage effects of U.S. service offshoring. Her work accounts for channels that have only recently been explored theoretically in labor economics and in international trade and that are based on more nuanced concepts of labor than traditional approaches. The findings shed doubt on the prediction that the spread of information and communication technologies will automatically lead to an increasingly flat world for the trade flows of services. Traditionally, international trade economists have seen the fortunes of workers as tied to their skill levels. The findings of Julia’s work indicate that these predictions need to be refined and that, next to the workers’ skill levels, the task content of occupations shapes the labor market effects of offshoring.

Julia’s recent projects explore and analyze the ways in which digitalization transforms our societies and what these changes imply on a socio-economic and political level - in Europe, the United States and China. With the beginning of the 21st century, we are witnessing a fundamental change in the way we produce, which will significantly alter our lives, most directly through the way we work.


Püschel, J. (2021). Deindustrialisierung und High-Tech in den USA. Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Internationales, USA Dossier. https://www.bpb.de/internationales/amerika/usa/340178/deindustrialisierung-und-high-tech-in-den-usa

Püschel, J. (2020). Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Wandel. In C. Lammert, M. Siewert and B. Vormann (Eds.). Handbuch Politik in den USA (2nd Edition). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Püschel, J. (2019). Recursions towards the Local: Will the Smart Economy Compress Regional Disparities? In B. Vormann & C. Lammert (Eds.). Contours of the Illiberal State - Governing Circulation in the Smart Economy (275-288). Frankfurt, New York: Campus Verlag, Schriftenreihe Nordamerika.

Püschel, J. (2016). Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Außenhandel in den USA. In C. Lammert, M. Siewert and B. Vormann (Eds.). Handbuch Politik in den USA. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Püschel, J. (2014). Measuring Task Content and Offshorability. Applied Economics Letters 22(5).

Püschel, J. (2013). Wage Effects of U.S. Service Offshoring by Skills and Tasks. FIW Working Paper No. 107, Research Center International Economics, Austria.

Püschel, J. (2012). Task Dependence of U.S. Service Offshoring Patterns. Discussion Paper Economics, School of Business and Economics, Free University, Berlin, Germany (2012/15). 

Püschel, J., & Vormann, B. (2012). Grey Zones of the Market – Public Services, Education Policies and Neoliberal Reform in the United Kingdom. In M.-C. Lall (Ed.), Policy, Discourse and Rhetoric. How New Labour Challenged Social Justice and Democracy (15-40). Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.