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Deindustrialization and the Demand for Protection

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 January 2021

Heather-Leigh Kathryn Ba*
Political Science, University of Missouri Columbia College of Arts and Science, 113 Professional Building, Columbia, MO65211-6080, United States; Email:
Tyler Coleman
Political Science, University of Missouri Columbia College of Arts and Science, 113 Professional Building, Columbia, MO65211-6080, United States; Email:
*Corresponding author: Heather-Leigh Kathryn Ba, Political Science, University of Missouri Columbia College of Arts and Science, 113 Professional Building, Columbia, MO 65211-6080, United States; Email:


Current explanations of demand for anti-dumping protections focus on the role of the business cycle, and fluctuations in real exchange rates. However, empirical evidence supporting these explanations is based primarily on the experience of industrialized countries. Here, we examine anti-dumping petitions in a broader sample of thirty-four industrialized and middle income countries from 1978–2015. We also propose a new determinant of demand for anti-dumping petitions—changes in the pattern of industrial production between developed and developing economies over this period have contributed to deindustrialization in advanced economies and premature industrialization some developing countries. These changes threaten established industries and motivate them to demand protection.

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