Summary of Manufacturing in the US

Will Trump’s Strategy Repatriate Highly Paid Jobs?


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Repatriating manufacturing to the United States may do more harm than good.


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Bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by restructuring its trade deals with other countries ranks high on President Trump’s priority list. Such rhetoric has strong emotional appeal, but Guntram B. Wolff, head of the European think tank Bruegel, explains how revamped trade policies may do more harm than good to American workers. While always politically neutral, getAbstract suggests this concise economic overview to anyone interested in the potentially unintended economic consequences of political promises.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the Trump administration’s positions are regarding manufacturing jobs and US workers;
  • Why, according to Guntram B. Wolff , these claims rely on faulty assumptions; and
  • How repatriation of production jobs can hurt more than help US wage earners.


One of US president Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to bring well-paid manufacturing jobs back to the United States by reworking international trade agreements. Peter Navarro and Wilbur Ross, two major figures in the Trump administration, advocated an economic vision to accomplish this in a paper...
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Guntram B. Wolff is the director of Bruegel, a European think tank.

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