DP10677 Import Competition and the Great U.S. Employment Sag of the 2000s
|Author(s):||Daron Acemoglu, David Autor, David Dorn, Gordon Hanson, Brendan Price|
|Publication Date:||June 2015|
|Keyword(s):||labor demand, trade flows|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics, International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10677|
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.