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Foreign direct investment and wage differentials in Taiwan

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  • Lily Jiang
  • Yi-Pin Su

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The ease of restrictions on foreign direct investment in China since 1990 has attracted a continuous and dramatic flow of outward investment from Taiwan to the mainland. At the same time, the relative wages for skilled workers in Taiwan have risen mildly despite a rapid increase in the share of educated workers in its labor market. The aim of this paper is to explore the linkage between capital outflows to China and the wage share of skilled workers in Taiwan over the period 1991 - 2001. We find that the pattern of changes in relative wages is consistent with shifts in the relative demand for skilled labor. For the most part, the increases in the relative demand for skilled workers could be attributable to within-industry factors. Findings also indicate that outward direct investment to China has a significantly positive impact on the skilled labor wage share.

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  • Lily Jiang & Yi-Pin Su, 2006. "Foreign direct investment and wage differentials in Taiwan," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(4), pages 525-536.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:15:y:2006:i:4:p:525-536
    DOI: 10.1080/09638190601037609
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