Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71705
Authors: 
Autor, David H.
Dorn, David
Hanson, Gordon H.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7329
Abstract: 
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 non-manufacturing 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.
Subjects: 
technological change
trade flows
import competition
skill demand
job tasks
local labor markets
JEL: 
F16
J21
J23
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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