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Politico-Economic Determinants of American Trade Policy Attitudes

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  • Michael E. S. Hoffman

    (U.S. Government Accountability Office)

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Voting behavior and constituent attitudes are central to many models of trade policy determination. Examining the demographic and economic variables that are associated with attitudes toward various trade policies can provide some insight into the public perception of globalization, and the political response to those perceptions. Using detailed response and demographic data from the Program on International Policy Attitudes survey “Americans on Globalization, Trade, and Farm Subsidies†I assess a number of potential determinants of trade policy attitudes. Educational attainment is most clearly associated with pro- trade attitudes, and party affiliation suggests a certain malleability of opinion on trade issues. In addition, there is substantial variation in the determinants of trade policy attitudes across policy variables.

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  • Michael E. S. Hoffman, 2005. "Politico-Economic Determinants of American Trade Policy Attitudes," International Trade 0510017, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0510017
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    Keywords

    trade policy; globalization; policy attitudes;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business

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