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Skill upgrading and exports

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  • Accetturo, Antonio
  • Bugamelli, Matteo
  • Lamorgese, Andrea R.

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This paper analyzes the effects of international trade on the relative demand for skilled workers in Italian local labor markets. We find that exports cause a sizable skill upgrading in the labor force by increasing the average level of education of the workforce and the share of white-collars workers.

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  • Accetturo, Antonio & Bugamelli, Matteo & Lamorgese, Andrea R., 2013. "Skill upgrading and exports," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(3), pages 417-420.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:3:p:417-420
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.09.029
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    Keywords

    International trade; Labor demand; Schooling; Skill composition;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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