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Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure

Politics of the Present

dateApril 12, 2018 timeThursday, 5:00pm EDT location Barnard Hall, James Room (Room 418), Barnard College
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

Coming To Terms With A Polarized Society event

David Autor (MIT) 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.


Thomas Edsall, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor, Columbia University; Op-Ed Writer, New York Times

Alan Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Former Chairman of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers

Moderated by Thomas DiPrete, Giddings Professor of Sociology.

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