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New Perspectives on the Decline of US Manufacturing Employment

Teresa Fort (), Justin Pierce () and Peter K. Schott

No 12839, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

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.

Keywords: technology; Trade; US manufacturing employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 F6 J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab, nep-mac and nep-ure
Date: 2018-04
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