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The Skill Bias of World Trade
Università di Parma.
MIT Department of Economics, .
2002 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We argue that, with an elasticity of substitution in consumption greater than one and higher scale economies in the skill-intensive sectors, the entire volume of world trade matters for wage inequality. This implies that trade intergration, even among identical countries, is likely to increase the skill premium. This result can also explain the increase in skill premia in developing countries that have experienced drastic trade liberalizations. Further, we argue that evidence of a falling relative price of skill-intensive goods can be reconciled with the fast growth of world trade and that the intersectoral mobility of capital exacerbates the effect of trade on inequality. We provide new empirical evidence in support of our results and a quantitative assessment of the skill bias of world trade.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: IIES , 2002. , 33 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. (Online), ISSN 1653-610X ; 707
Keyword [en]
skill premium, scale effect, intra-industry and inter-industry trade
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42010OAI: diva2:343494
Published in connection with a visit at the IIES.Available from: 2010-08-13 Created: 2010-08-13 Last updated: 2010-08-16

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