Trade Liberalization and Wage Inequality: Empirical Evidence from Bangladesh
AbstractThis paper explores the relationship between trade liberalization and skilled-unskilled wage inequality in the Bangladesh cotton textile industry. A dynamic two-equation model is estimated for wages of skilled and unskilled workers over the period 1973-2002, using four different openness measures. In no case does opening up affect unskilled wages differently than skilled wages, implying that openness per se has not contributed to changes in wage inequality. Our findings also suggest that openness increased real wages for both skilled and unskilled workers.
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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 28 Apr 2006
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Bangladesh; cotton textile industry; openness; relative wages; trade liberalization; wage inequality;
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- O24 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-05-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2006-05-13 (Development)
- NEP-INT-2006-05-13 (International Trade)
- NEP-LAB-2006-05-13 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2006-05-13 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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