Politics of the Present

Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure

Thursday, April 12, 2018  5:00pm Barnard Hall, James Room


Free and open to the public

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Coming To Terms With A Polarized Society event

David Autor will use evidence from the worlds of economics and political science to examine the impact of economic change – and in particular the rising competition of foreign imports into the American market – on political polarization. Counties that were particularly exposed to foreign trade have become more likely to vote for the Republican candidate for president. The panel will address the question of economic and political responses to these trends that may have the potential to ameliorate political polarization. The panelists will be announced later in the winter.


  • Speaker

    David Autor

    Ford Professor of Economics
    and Associate Head

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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