The Geography of Trade and Technology Shocks in the United States
Author(s)Autor, David H.; Dorn, David; Hanson, Gordon H.
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This paper explores the geographic overlap of trade and technology shocks across local labor markets in the United States. Regional exposure to technological change, as measured by specialization in routine task-intensive production and clerical occupations, is largely uncorrelated with regional exposure to trade competition from China. While the impacts of technology are dispersed throughout the United States, the impacts of trade tend to be more geographically concentrated, owing in part to the spatial agglomeration of labor-intensive manufacturing. Our findings highlight the feasibility of separately identifying the impacts of recent changes in trade and technology on US regional economies.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics
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Autor, David H, David Dorn, and Gordon H Hanson. “The Geography of Trade and Technology Shocks in the United States.” American Economic Review 103, no. 3 (May 2013): 220-225.
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