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Does Trade Liberalization with China Influence U.S. Elections?

Yi Che, Yi Lu, Justin R. Pierce, Peter K. Schott, Zhigang Tao

NBER Working Paper No. 22178
Issued in April 2016
NBER Program(s):International Trade and Investment

This paper examines the impact of trade liberalization on U.S. Congressional elections. We find that U.S. counties subject to greater competition from China via a change in U.S. trade policy exhibit relative increases in turnout, the share of votes cast for Democrats and the probability that the county is represented by a Democrat. We find that these changes are consistent with Democrats in office during the period examined being more likely than Republicans to support legislation limiting import competition or favoring economic assistance.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w22178

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