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Anchors aweigh

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The trend has been accelerating since 2003, and the only thing that hasn't changed is "it's at a broad level of the whole economy," said Tom Arrison, senior staff officer at The National Academies in Washington, B.C. Just how broad is difficult to measure though because employment and trade statistics make it difficult to track when certain markets are going overseas, he said. Contracting basic skills Arie Lewin, a professor at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and lead principle investigator of the international off-shoring research project at Duke University in Durham, N.C., said he believes the "nerd techies" are still in huge demand, especially those with basic skills whom contracting companies such as Kelly services are placing in their fast-growing contract business. In a podcast from the City Club of Cleveland, a podium for civic dialog, Vivek Wadhwa, executive in residence at Duke University, talked about how to respond effectively to off-shoring in the engineering sector.

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