Lies, damned lies....and statistics

A new Forrester report on outsourcing is going to feed the fires of an already raging debate.

Monday's D-Day for outsourcing junkies when Forrester Research issues its long-awaited study on the number of American jobs being sent offshore. Forrester helped fan the fires of this debate a couple of years back when it predicted the U.S. would lose 3.3 million jobs. I can't help wondering whether offshoring would have turned into such a big campaign issue for 2004 had the economy not undergone a recession and subsequent slow-growth recovery. John McCarthy, who authored the original report, complained to the Wall Street Journal earlier this spring that he was miffed how people were seizing on his long-term projections, which he said represented an "educated guess."

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.


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