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Does tariff liberalization increase wage inequality? Some empirical evidence

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  • Branko Milanovic

    (Carnegie Endowment/World Bank)

  • Lyn Squire

    (Global Development Network)

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The objective of the paper is to answer an often-asked question : if tariff rates are reduced, what will happen to wage inequality ? We consider two types of wage inequality : between occupations (skills premium), and between industries. We use two large data bases of wage inequality that have become recently available and a large dataset of average tariff rates all covering the period between 1980 and 2000. We find that tariff reduction is associated with higher inter-occupational and inter-industry inequality in poorer countries (those below the world median income) and the reverse in richer countries. The results for inter-occupational inequality though must be treated with caution.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series International Trade with number 0502012.

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Length: 64 pages
Date of creation: 11 Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0502012

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Keywords: tariffs; trade; liberalization; wages; inequality;

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