Capital Accumulation, Trade Liberalization and Rising Wage Inequality: The Case of Argentina
AbstractCapital accumulation can modify the relative productivity between skilled and unskilled workers, thus leading to changes in the wage structure. In particular, if capital goods are relatively more complementary to skilled workers in the production function (skill-biased technologies), a positive correlation between investment in physical capital and the wage premium would be expected. In this paper we present evidence for this hypothesis by taking advantage of the variability in wage premia and capital investment across industries in the Argentine manufacturing sector. We conclude that the wage premium for workers with complete college education increased more in those industries with higher investment in machinery and equipment. As in Galiani and Sanguinetti (2003, in this journal), the wage premium also grew more in those sectors which faced strong import competition, although this effect is empirically less relevant than the capital accumulation effect.
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wage premium; capital accumulation; technological change; trade liberalization; wage inequality; Argentina.;
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- Pablo Acosta & Leonardo Gasparini, 2007. "Capital Accumulation, Trade Liberalization, and Rising Wage Inequality: The Case of Argentina," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 55, pages 793-812.
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
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