Demographic Diversity in U.S. Automotive Manufacturing

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) Executive Briefings on Trade, September 2020

2 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2022

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David Coffin

USITC

Amanda Lawrence

U.S. International Trade Commission

Date Written: September 2020

Abstract

This EBOT explores demographic trends in the automotive manufacturing workforce. While women are underrepresented in the industry, Black workers are represented at a higher level relative to total labor force participation. Both Black and female employment in the automotive industry increased as a share of total automotive employment from 1995 to 2019. However, at the leadership level, the automotive industry appears to lack both gender and racial diversity. Given the strong correlation between executive diversity and positive financial performance, increasing the number of women and Black people in leadership positions may increase the competitiveness of U.S. automotive firms.

Keywords: Automotive, auto Industry, international trade, demographics, gender, race

JEL Classification: F14, F18, J11, J16

Suggested Citation

Coffin, David and Lawrence, Amanda, Demographic Diversity in U.S. Automotive Manufacturing (September 2020). U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) Executive Briefings on Trade, September 2020 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3981009 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3981009

David Coffin (Contact Author)

USITC ( email )

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Amanda Lawrence

U.S. International Trade Commission ( email )

500 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20436
United States

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