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Income Inequality, Skills And Trade: Evidence From Colombia During The 80s And 90s

  • Mauricio Santamaría

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This paper investigates the evolution of labor income inequality in Colombia in the period 1978-98. Main findings are the secular fall of the returns to intermediate skill and the increases of wages for highly educated people and for women. Such changes are associated with shifts of the skill composition of the labor force and with skill biased technical change, rather than with increased openness of the economy. The paper uses a skill supply and demand framework to arrive to these conclusions, and also a non-parametric decomposition exercise is carried out.

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Paper provided by UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE in its series DOCUMENTOS CEDE with number 002832.

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Length: 48
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2004
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Handle: RePEc:col:000089:002832
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  1. John DiNardo & Nicole M. Fortin & Thomas Lemieux, 1995. "Labor Market Institutions and the Distribution of Wages, 1973-1992: A Semiparametric Approach," NBER Working Papers 5093, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Borjas, George J & Freeman, Richard B & Katz, Lawrence, 1996. "Searching for the Effect of Immigration on the Labor Market," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 86(2), pages 246-51, May.
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  4. Juhn, Chinhui & Murphy, Kevin M & Pierce, Brooks, 1993. "Wage Inequality and the Rise in Returns to Skill," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 101(3), pages 410-42, June.
  5. William R. Cline, 1997. "Trade and Income Distribution," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 58.
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