Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure

  title={Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure},
  author={David H. Autor and D. Dorn and G. Hanson and Kaveh Majlesi},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • David H. Autor, D. Dorn, +1 author Kaveh Majlesi
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • NBER Working Paper Series
  • 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 ideological realignment that is centered in trade-exposed local labor markets and that commences prior to the divisive 2016 U.S. presidential election. Exploiting the exogenous component of rising trade with China and classifying legislator ideologies by their congressional voting record, we find strong evidence… CONTINUE READING
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