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New Perspectives on the Decline of US Manufacturing Employment

Teresa C. Fort, Justin R. Pierce, Peter K. Schott

NBER Working Paper No. 24490
Issued in April 2018
NBER Program(s):International Trade and Investment, Labor Studies

We use relatively unexplored dimensions of US microdata to examine how US manufacturing employment has evolved across industries, firms, establishments, and regions. 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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24490

Published: Teresa C. Fort & Justin R. Pierce & Peter K. Schott, 2018. "New Perspectives on the Decline of US Manufacturing Employment," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 32(2), pages 47-72.

 
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