Trade, Technology and Human Capital: Stylised Facts and Quantitative Evidence
Stylised evidence on trade, total factor productivity (TFP) and skill intensity of the labour force is presented. Features emerging as salient are: growing trade in technology-intensive products from the industrialised nations to the relatively laggard nations leads to embodied technology diffusion; the technology-intensive sectors have larger shares of skilled workers; countries experiencing TFP growth usually have higher levels of educational attainment; also, the skilled labour payment share for a sector is positively associated with that sector's regional trade share. These facts together help explain why endowment of more skilled labour facilitates absorption of technology ferried via trade. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.
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Volume (Year): 25 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
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