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The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States
We analyze the effect of rising Chinese import competition between 1990 and 2007 on U.S. local labor markets, exploiting cross-market variation in import exposure stemming from initial differences inExpand
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Globalization, Outsourcing, and Wage Inequality
There is considerable debate over whether international trade has contributed to the declining economic fortunes of less skilled workers. One issue that has become lost in the current discussion isExpand
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Spillovers, Foreign Investment, and Export Behavior
Case studies of export behavior suggest that firms who penetrate foreign markets reduce entry costs for other potential exporters, either through learning by doing or through establishing buyer-Expand
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Foreign Investment, Outsourcing and Relative Wages
In this paper we examine the reduction in the relative employment and wages of unskilled workers in the U.S. during the 1980's. We argue that a contributing factor to this decline was rising importsExpand
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The Impact of Outsourcing and High-Technology Capital on Wages: Estimates For the United States, 1979–1990
We estimate the relative influence of trade versus technology on wages in a "large-country" setting, where technological change affects product prices. Trade is measured by the foreign outsourcing ofExpand
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Market Potential, Increasing Returns, and Geographic Concentration
In this paper, I examine the relationship between increasing returns to scale and the geographic concentration of economic activity. Using data on U.S. counties, I estimate the structural parametersExpand
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Income Maximization and the Selection and Sorting of International Migrants
Two prominent features of international labor movements are that the more educated are more likely to emigrate (positive selection) and more educated migrants are more likely to settle in destinationExpand
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Import Competition and the Great US Employment Sag of the 2000s
Even before the Great Recession, US employment growth was unimpressive. Between 2000 and 2007, the economy gave back the considerable employment gains achieved during the 1990s, with a historicExpand
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Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure
Has rising trade integration between the U.S. and China contributed to the polarization of U.S. politics? Analyzing outcomes from the 2002 and 2010 congressional elections, we detect an ideologicalExpand
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Global Production Sharing and Rising Inequality: A Survey of Trade and Wages
We argue that trade in intermediate inputs, or 'global production sharing,' is a potentially important explanation for the increase in the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers in the U.S.Expand
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