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Skill upgrading and exports

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  • Accetturo, Antonio
  • Bugamelli, Matteo
  • Lamorgese, Andrea R.

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This paper analyzes the effects of international trade on the relative demand for skilled workers in Italian local labor markets. We find that exports cause a sizable skill upgrading in the labor force by increasing the average level of education of the workforce and the share of white-collars workers.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 121 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 417-420

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Keywords: International trade; Labor demand; Schooling; Skill composition;

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  1. Francesco Gagliardi, 2014. "(English) Human capital policy and new European Social Fund Programme (Italiano) Politiche per il capitale umano enuova programmazione del Fondo Sociale Europeo," IRPPS Working Papers 61:2014, National Research Council, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies.

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