Impact of Trade on Productivity of Skilled and Unskilled Intensive Industries: A Cross-Country Investigation
AbstractThis paper examines the effect of trade openness on the productivity of skilled labor intensive and unskilled labor intensive industries in the group of 20 OECD countries. Using panel data and fixed effects approach, we find that skilled workers’ relative gains in productivity exceed those of their unskilled counterpart. Given this differential impact of trade openness on the relative productivity of the skilled and unskilled intensive industries, our findings lend support to the conclusions of past studies that skilled labor is likely to be more pro trade than unskilled labor.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics & University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 07-007.
Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Trade openness; Skilled intensive industries; Unskilled intensive industries; Productivity;
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- F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-12-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-EFF-2007-12-01 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-INT-2007-12-01 (International Trade)
- NEP-LAB-2007-12-01 (Labour Economics)
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