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Trade, Labour Force Growth and Wages

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  • Francois, Joseph F

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This paper explores the transmission of demographic pressure between open economies. The implications of labor force growth for wages, employment, and production patterns are formally examined. These issues are explored theoretically in a formal dual trade model incorporating features of both standard factor-based trade models and models of two-way trade based on product differentiation and returns to specialization. Sufficient conditions for positive trade linkages between labor force growth in one region and real wage erosion in another are derived. These conditions are then examined numerically in the context of projected non-OECD labor force growth. Copyright 1996 by Royal Economic Society.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 106 (1996)
Issue (Month): 439 (November)
Pages: 1586-1609

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:106:y:1996:i:439:p:1586-1609

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  1. De Loo,Ivo & Ziesemer,Thomas, 1998. "Determinants Of Sectoral Average Wage Growth Rates in a Specific Factors Model with International Capital Movements: The Case of Cobb-Douglas Production Functions," Research Memorandum 006, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  2. De Loo,Ivo & Ziesemer,Thomas, 1999. "Determinants Of Sectoral Average Wage and Employment Growth Rates in a Specific Factors Model with Production Externalities and International Capital Movements," Research Memorandum 006, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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