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The tariff feud between the United States and China provides a unique window through which scholars can assess the wider effects of trade levies in economies interlinked through global supply chains. In their erudite study for executives and analysts, economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce find that US tariffs have so far failed to protect domestic industries, as input costs have risen and China’s retaliatory efforts have counteracted any hoped-for benefits.
About the Authors
Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce are economists at the Federal Reserve Board.