Sunday, March 19, 2017

Autor, Dorn, Pisano, Shu — Competition from China reduced innovation in the US

The discussion of the decline in US manufacturing during the 2016 presidential election campaign largely focused on job losses. This column examines the effects of Chinese import competition on another metric for the health of the US manufacturing sector – innovation. Firms whose industries were exposed to a greater surge of Chinese import competition from 1991 to 2007 experienced a significant decline in their patent output as well as their R&D expenditures. While politicians’ ‘obsession’ with manufacturing is primarily due to job losses, an accompanying reduction in innovation may well affect economic growth in the longer term....
Competition from China reduced innovation in the US
Autor, Dorn, Pisano, Shu

1 comment:

GLH said...

I don't think that China is our problem. We don't need to look any farther than Wall Street to find the cause the our reduced innovation.