The Antebellum U.S. Iron Industry: Domestic Production and Foreign Competition

@article{Davis2007TheAU,
  title={The Antebellum U.S. Iron Industry: Domestic Production and Foreign Competition},
  author={Joseph H. Davis and Douglas A. Irwin},
  journal={Economic History},
  year={2007}
}
This paper presents new annual estimates of U.S. production of pig iron and imports of pig iron products dating back to 1827. These estimates are used to assess the vulnerability of the antebellum iron industry to foreign competition and the role of the tariff in fostering the industry's early development. Domestic pig iron production is found to be highly sensitive to changes in import prices. Although import price fluctuations had a much greater impact on U.S. production than changes in… 
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