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Skilled-unskilled wage inequality, nontraded good and endogenous supply of skilled labour: A theoretical analysis

  • Gupta, Manash Ranjan
  • Dutta, Priya Brata

The paper develops a static four sector competitive general equilibrium model of a small open economy in which skilled labour is endogenously produced by the education sector and is mobile between a traded good sector and a nontraded good sector. Capital is also perfectly mobile among the education sector, skilled labour using traded good sector and the nontraded good sector. However, land and unskilled labour are specific to another traded good sector. We analyse the effects of change in different factor endowments and reduction in tariff rate on skilled-unskilled wage inequality. We find that the effect of a change in different parameters on wage inequality depends on the factor intensity ranking between two skilled labour using sectors and on the relative strength of the marginal effects on demand for and supply of nontraded final good. We also analyse the effects of changes in different parameters on the supply of skilled labour.

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Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 923-934

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