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Import competition and the great U.S. employment sag of the 2000s

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  • Daron Acemoglu
  • David Autor
  • David Dorn
  • Gordon H. Hanson
  • Brendan Price

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Even before the Great Recession, U.S. employment growth was unimpressive. Between 2000 and 2007, the economy gave back the considerable employment gains achieved during the 1990s, with a historic contraction in manufacturing employment being a prime contributor to the slump. We estimate that import competition from China, which surged after 2000, was a major force behind both recent reductions in U.S. manufacturing employment and—through input-output linkages and other general equilibrium channels—weak overall U.S. job growth. Our central estimates suggest job losses from rising Chinese import competition over 1999 through 2011 in the range of 2.0 to 2.4 million.

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  • Daron Acemoglu & David Autor & David Dorn & Gordon H. Hanson & Brendan Price, 2015. "Import competition and the great U.S. employment sag of the 2000s," UBSCENTER - Working Papers 013, UBS International Center of Economics in Society - Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
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    Trade flows; labor demand;

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    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand

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