This research studies the effect of import competition from China for the period after the financial crisis 2008-09 until
2014. It draws on a unique dataset containing employment information for 248 regions in the EU. The uncovered coefficients
are statistically not significant, indicating that Chinese imports were not an important driver of deindustrialisation in
Europe in the period analysed. The estimates are imprecise, however. An analysis of the economic importance of the results
leads to the conclusion that Chinese import competition was not a primary driving force of European manufacturing employment.
Possible explanations for the lack of significant results are discussed.
JEL-Codes:F16, J13, R11
Keywords:Trade, Employment, China, EU, Regions
Forschungsbereich:Industrie-, Innovations- und internationale Ökonomie