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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Untangling trade and technology: Evidence from local labor markets
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  • David Autor
  • David Dorn
  • Gordon Hanson
  • English
Institution National Bureau of Economic Research
Series Name NBER Working Paper
Number 18938
Number of Pages 26
Date 2013
Abstract Text We juxtapose the effects of trade and technology on employment in U.S. local labor markets between 1990 and 2007. Labor markets whose initial industry composition exposes them to rising Chinese import competition experience significant falls in employment, particularly in manufacturing and among non-college workers. Labor markets susceptible to computerization due to specialization in routine task-intensive activities experience significant occupational polarization within manufacturing and nonmanufacturing but no net employment decline. Trade impacts rise in the 2000s as imports accelerate, while the effect of technology appears to shift from automation of production activities in manufacturing towards computerization of information-processing tasks in non manufacturing.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.3386/w18938
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