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Trade liberalisation and manufacturing wage premiums: Evidence from Thailand

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  • Jayanthakumaran, Kankesu
  • Sangkaew, Piyapong
  • O’Brien, Martin

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This paper investigates trade related industrial wage premiums. The procedure involves (1) estimating industrial wage premiums and (2) linking those estimated wage premiums to trade related variables. Results reveal that (1) in addition to workers’ characteristics, industry characteristics where workers are employed were important in determining the wages for workers, (2) falling output tariffs resulted in increased wage premiums, and (3) an increase in intermediate imports exerted a strong positive influence on wage premiums. Linked employer and employee micro data may provide further insights which are currently not available.

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  • Jayanthakumaran, Kankesu & Sangkaew, Piyapong & O’Brien, Martin, 2013. "Trade liberalisation and manufacturing wage premiums: Evidence from Thailand," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 15-23.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:asieco:v:29:y:2013:i:c:p:15-23
    DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2013.08.001
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    Keywords

    Trade liberalisation; Wage premiums; Thailand;

    JEL classification:

    • C4 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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