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Intra-Industry Trade and Labour-Market Adjustment: A Reassessment Using Data on Individual Workers

  • Marius Brülhart


  • Robert J. R. Elliott
  • Joanne Lindley

We re-examine the relationship between intra-industry trade and labour reallocation, using individual-level data on manufacturing worker moves in the United Kingdom. The contribution of this analysis is twofold. First, we estimate the impact of intra-industry trade on worker moves between occupations as well as between industries. Second, we run individual-level regressions that allow us to control for worker heterogeneity. Our results suggest that intra-industry trade does have the stipulated attenuating effect on worker moves, both between occupations and between industries, but that this effect is relatively small compared to other determinants of labour reallocation.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of World Economics.

Volume (Year): 142 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 521-545

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Handle: RePEc:spr:weltar:v:142:y:2006:i:3:p:521-545
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