Feb 21 For Whom is Offshoring Politically Salient? Evidence from the 2016 Election, UMN Prof. Sumner speaking on

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar series every other Tuesday.  The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School
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Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Seminar on Global Policy
Professor Jane Sumner
Department of Public Science, University of Minnesota

For Whom is Offshoring Politically Salient?
Evidence from the 2016 Election

12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, February 21
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus


In the 2016 election, political speeches about the scourge of offshoring were apparently effective at harnessing anti-globalization sentiment. This paper seeks to identify for whom and under what conditions offshoring is politically salient in the absence of such political messaging. Using an experiment fielded the week before the election, we find that the inherent political salience of offshoring is limited to very specific demographic groups and offshoring locations. Our findings are primarily descriptive, but provide two important insights: (1) much of the furor around offshoring may be driven by political entrepreneurs rather than economic phenomena, and (2) the grievances of white men run deep and may not be strictly linked to their material interests.


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