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Assessing the Effects of Trade Liberalization on Wage Inequalities in Egypt: A Microsimulation Analysis

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  • Rana Hendy
  • Chahir Zaki

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This article aims at evaluating the liberalization policies' effects on wage inequality in Egypt. Gender, geographical, and skill dimensions are used to break down labor into eight segments. This article simulates the effect of a reduction of tariffs imposed on imports by 50%. Results show that the effect of trade liberalization policies depends on the characteristics of the individual and the working sector. Thanks to the expansion of textiles, garments, chemicals, and services, inequality decreases for urban and rural skilled men as well as skilled and unskilled women working in urban areas. By contrast, inequality increases among unskilled men and skilled women in rural areas.

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  • Rana Hendy & Chahir Zaki, 2013. "Assessing the Effects of Trade Liberalization on Wage Inequalities in Egypt: A Microsimulation Analysis," The International Trade Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(1), pages 63-104, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:uitjxx:v:27:y:2013:i:1:p:63-104 DOI: 10.1080/08853908.2012.702538
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    1. Eduardo Amaral Haddad & Michael L. Lahr & Dina N. Elshahawany & Moisés Vassallo, 2016. "Regional analysis of domestic integration in Egypt: an interregional CGE approach," Journal of Economic Structures, Springer;Pan-Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS), vol. 5(1), pages 1-33, December.
    2. Purva Khera, 2016. "Macroeconomic Impacts of Gender Inequality and Informality in India," IMF Working Papers 16/16, International Monetary Fund.

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