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Fracking: the boost to US manufacturing


Research by Rabah Arezki, Thiemo Fetzer and Frank Pisch shows that the surge in shale gas production – ‘fracking’ – since the early 2000s has not only made the United States the world’s largest producer of natural gas. It has also given a big boost to output, employment, and exports in US manufacturing, particularly in energy-intensive industries. Their study finds that energy prices for US manufacturing firms have plummeted due to fracking, especially relative to Europe. Lower input costs for energy-intensive US industries have made them more globally competitive. What’s more, the shale gas boom helped the US economy to recover faster after the financial crisis.


Rabah Arezki, Thiemo Fetzer and Frank Pisch

13 December 2016     Paper Number CEPCP486

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This CentrePiece article is published under the centre's Trade programme.