Summary of Reshoring by US Firms

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Reshoring by US Firms summary
Are you waiting for a return to the glory days of American manufacturing? Don’t believe the hype.


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Hooray for reshoring, the process by which the United States will reclaim its rightful place as the world’s manufacturing hub. That’s the popular notion, anyway. But economist Lindsay Oldenski throws cold water on the idea that factory jobs are coming back to America in any meaningful way. In her persuasive, peer-reviewed study, Oldenski argues that the ripples of reshoring are insufficient to reverse the tsunami of offshoring. getAbstract recommends this astute report to global business managers and politicians who need a reality check on a feel-good story.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the rise of reshoring is a myth,
  • Why factory jobs won’t return to the United States en masse and
  • Why that isn’t all bad.


It’s easy to believe that the US industrial sector is experiencing a wave of reshoring, a return of the manufacturing jobs that had left for countries like China and Mexico. Alas, the data don’t support such an idea. Reports of a reshoring trend rely on strictly anecdotal evidence, some of which is ...
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About the Author

Lindsay Oldenski is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and an associate professor of international economics at Georgetown University.

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