Manufacturing

The Role of Unions

By and ·November 3, 2019
University of Minnesota and Brigham Young University

The Issue:

High profile labor strikes over the past two years — from teachers picketing in several states to the United Auto Workers strike at General Motors, among others — have put unions in the spotlight. This media attention can distort the public's view of what unions do, since fewer than 2 percent of labor-management

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Should the United States Try to Weaken the Dollar?

By and ·August 5, 2019
The Fletcher School, Tufts University and University of California, Berkeley

The Issue:

U.S. political leaders from President Trump to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren see the dollar’s current strength as a drag on the American economy. A strong dollar makes U.S. goods more expensive in foreign markets while at the same time making it more difficult for U.S. producers

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Will Steel Tariffs put U.S. Jobs at Risk?

By and ·February 26, 2018
Harvard University and University of California, Davis

(Click here for a larger interactive version with state-specific estimates. Map updated March 3, 2018)

The Issue:

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced recommendations on February 16, 2018 to impose heavy tariffs or quotas on foreign producers of steel. The proposed tariffs are taxes on imported steel. The ...
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Do Place-Based Policies Work?

By ·November 28, 2017
University of California, Irvine

The Issue:

People’s economic fortunes are often tied to where they live. This is clearly true at the international level, with people in rich countries enjoying incomes twice or more that of people in middle income countries. But this is also true within countries, with persistent low levels of income in cities ...
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The Geography of Need and the Proposed Foxconn Deal in Wisconsin

By ·August 28, 2017
Clark University

The Issue:

The decline of manufacturing employment has reduced the availability of higher paying jobs for less educated workers. One approach states and localities have used to address the issue is by trying to attract and retain firms with packages of subsidies and tax incentives, such as the proposed high-profile ...
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Is China a Currency Manipulator?

By ·January 20, 2017
Fletcher School, Tufts University

The Issue:

Donald Trump has said that, upon taking office, he will declare China a currency manipulator. Many Americans, understandably angered by factory closings and job loss seemingly due to Chinese competition, appear to support this. An artificially cheap yuan enables Chinese exporters to unfairly undercut ...
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Will Manufacturing Jobs Come Back?

By ·January 20, 2017
Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Education

The Issue:

President Trump has made bringing back manufacturing jobs a central part of his campaign. He is focused on convincing companies to stay in the U.S. through a mix of carrots (tax breaks) and sticks (threatening import tariffs on companies that ship jobs overseas).
The claim that the President can bring
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