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This staff research paper investigates the nature of the relationship between import competition and manufacturing sector employment within Australia.
Manufacturing employment in Australia has been on a long-run declining trend over the past four decades. It is a widely held view that import competition, especially from low wage countries, is an important factor driving this trend.
The research finds that low-wage countries have significantly increased their collective share of Australia’s imports of manufactured goods.
The results also indicate:
Author: Razib Tuhin
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