Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: A "New" Perspective on Protectionism
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This paper analyzes the determinants of protectionism in a small open economy with search frictions. In this environment, jobs generate rents whose access depends on the level of trade protection. By raising the domestic price of a good, a government may attract more firms in a particular industry. This raises the probability that workers will find jobs in this sector, and in turn, will benefit from the associated rents. Though simple, this channel may help explain a variety of stylized facts on the structure of trade protection and individual trade-policy preferences.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics
Journal of the European Economic Association
Costinot, Arnaud. “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: A “New” Perspective on Protectionism.” Journal of the European Economic Association 7.5 (2009): 1011-1041.
trade-policy preferences, trade protection, search frictions