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Are the labor market conditions causing the terms of trade to deteriorate?: A statistical evaluation of the Prebisch- Singer hypothesis.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study examines to what extent weak labor unions and an abundance of labor have a negative effect on less developed countries terms of trade, as hypothesized by Hans Singer (1950) and Rául Prebisch (1950). Using a sample from panel data for 74 less developed countries during the period 1980 – 2010 in OLS-regressions with fixed effects, I find some evidence that weak labor unions and abundance of labor is negatively correlated with the terms of trade, which could be interpreted in favor of the Prebisch-Singer hypothesis. The marginal effect of an abundance of labor also appears to have less negative impact on the terms of trade as labor unions grow stronger.

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2012. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Terms of trade, Prebisch-Singer hypothesis, Marginal effect of unemployment
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88437OAI: diva2:611209
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-03-21 Created: 2013-03-14 Last updated: 2013-03-21Bibliographically approved

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