Traded and Nontraded Goods and Real Wages
The paper explains most, if not all, observations made by the empirical literature regarding the behavior of skilled and unskilled real wages in the United States, especially those since 1980. Generalizing the Stopler-Samuelson theorem, the authors show that the nontraded sector is critical to explaining the effects of changes in the price of traded goods on relative and absolute wages. Factor-intensities play their role as in the traditional Stolper-Samuelson model, but the output of the nontraded sector matters as well. Specifically, freer trade benefits capital and hurts both the skilled and unskilled labor if the import as well as the nontraded sectors contract. This is a new result to the literature on Stolper-Samuelson issues. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.
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Volume (Year): 8 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
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