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dc.contributor.authorFeigenbaum, James J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHall, Andrew B.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-05T19:44:59Z
dc.date.available2018-02-05T19:44:59Z
dc.date.issued2015-10
dc.identifier.citationJames J. Feigenbaum, Andrew B. Hall. 2015. "How Legislators Respond to Localized Economic Shocks: Evidence from Chinese Import Competition." The Journal of Politics, Volume 77, Issue 4, pp. 1012 - 1030.
dc.identifier.issn0022-3816
dc.identifier.issn1468-2508
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/26704
dc.description.abstractWe explore the effects of localized economic shocks from trade on roll-call behavior and electoral outcomes in the US House, 1990–2010. We demonstrate that economic shocks from Chinese import competition—first studied by Autor, Dorn, and Hanson—cause legislators to vote in a more protectionist direction on trade bills but cause no change in their voting on all other bills. At the same time, these shocks have no effect on the reelection rates of incumbents, the probability an incumbent faces a primary challenge, or the partisan control of the district. Though changes in economic conditions are likely to cause electoral turnover in many cases, incumbents exposed to negative economic shocks from trade appear able to fend off these effects in equilibrium by taking strategic positions on foreign-trade bills. In line with this view, we find that the effect on roll-call voting is strongest in districts where incumbents are most threatened electorally. Taken together, these results paint a picture of responsive incumbents who tailor their roll-call positions on trade bills to the economic conditions in their districts.
dc.format.extent1012 - 1030en_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe Journal of Politicsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2015 by the Southern Political Science Association. All rights reserved.
dc.subjectPolitical scienceen_US
dc.subjectPolitical science & public administrationen_US
dc.subjectRoll-call voting
dc.subjectChina
dc.subjectTrade policy
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.subjectUnited States Congress
dc.titleHow legislators respond to localized economic shocks: evidence from Chinese import competitionen_US
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/682151
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pubs.notesEmbargo: No embargoen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Economicsen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-1625-2021 (Feigenbaum, James J.)


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