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Market Interconnection and Wages

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  • Hamid Beladi

    (The University of Texas at San Antonio)

  • Reza Oladi

    (Utah State Universty)

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We study the impacts of terms trade changes on absolute and the real wages of skilled and unskilled labor and their gaps for an economy specialized in export production. We show an interesting result where wage behavior as well as the skilled-unskilled wage gap depend on elasticity of import demand, unlike in 3x2 classical-neoclassical speci c-factor model of trade. Although, our analysis is in the spirit of Stolper-Samuelson theorem, given the structure of our model, factor intensity plays no role in our results as in the speci c-factor model.

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Paper provided by College of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio in its series Working Papers with number 0062.

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Keywords: skilled-unskilled labor; wage gap; terms of trade;

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  1. Bound, John & Johnson, George, 1992. "Changes in the Structure of Wages in the 1980's: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 82(3), pages 371-92, June.
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  1. Beladi, Hamid & Oladi, Reza, 2011. "An elementary proposition on technical progress and non-traded goods," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(1), pages 68-71, January.

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