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Title: New Perspectives on the Decline of US Manufacturing Employment

Author(s): Teresa C Fort, Justin Pierce and Peter K. Schott

Publication Date: April 2018

Keyword(s): technology, Trade and US manufacturing employment

Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: We use relatively unexplored dimensions of US microdata to examine how US manufacturing employment has evolved across industries, firms, establishments, and regions from 1977 to 2012. We show that these data provide support for both trade-and technology based explanations of the overall decline of employment over this period, while also highlighting the difficulties of estimating an overall contribution for each mechanism. Toward that end, we discuss how further analysis of these trends might yield sharper insights.

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Fort, T, Pierce, J and Schott, P. 2018. 'New Perspectives on the Decline of US Manufacturing Employment'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.