Reports of the death of U.S. manufacturing have been greatly exaggerated. By historic standards and relative to other countries’ manufacturing sectors, U.S. manufacturing is firing on all cylinders. But that could change if policymakers keep trying to fix what ain’t broke. Spreading myths about the precariousness of U.S. manufacturing and laying the blame on trade policy may score political points with the unions. But if Congress passes legislation that compromises the access of U.S. producers to international markets, there will be real problems to solve.

More on Manufacturing Trade

Commentary

The U.S. and China Are Both Wrong on Steel

By Daniel R. Pearson. Forbes. May 23, 2016.

Big Steel’s Dilemma: Trade Restriction Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

By Daniel R. Pearson. Investor’s Business Daily. May 17, 2016.

Dear Indiana: You’re Not Getting Killed on Trade

By Scott Lincicome. The Federalist. April 29, 2016.

Cato Studies

Global Steel Overcapacity: Trade Remedy “Cure” Is Worse than the “Disease”

By Daniel R. Pearson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 66. April 11, 2016.

The Export-Import Bank and Its Victims: Which Industries and States Bear the Brunt?

By Daniel J. Ikenson. Policy Analysis No. 756. September 10, 2014.

Regulatory Protectionism: A Hidden Threat to Free Trade

By K. William Watson and Sallie James. Policy Analysis No. 723. April 9, 2013.

Public Filings

Manufacturing in the USA: How U.S. Trade Policy Offshores Jobs

By Daniel J. Ikenson. Testimony. September 21, 2011.

Made in America: Increasing Jobs through Exports and Trade

By Daniel J. Ikenson. Testimony. March 16, 2011.

America’s Win-Win-Win Trade Relations With China

By Daniel Griswold. Testimony. October 31, 2003.