IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

External Trade, Skill, Technology and the recent increase of income inequality in Colombia





This paper’s main objectives are thus to investigate the evolution of the distribution of labor income in Colombia during the previous 20 years and to identify the factors that lie behind this evolution. We attack the problem from two perspectives. First, we use a partial equilibrium model of the labor market to study developments related to the distribution of labor earnings of a homogeneous sample of individuals (homogeneous in terms of labor market attachement and geographical location), using skills as our primary tool of analysis. That is, a simple supplydemand framework for different dimensions and levels of skill is utilized to evaluate the role these variables played, and how they affected the distribution of labor earnings at different points in time. Second, we relate income to several demographical, skill and labor market factors, to isolate the effect these have had on the evolution of that distribution along the entire income range, and on other measures of overall dispersion and on skill differentials. We assess the merit of different explanations and quantify the contribution of each factor to the total observed changes. This second approach uses semi-parametric techniques that allow an analysis of the entire distribution, without assuming a specific parametric form. The difficulty of measuring the effects of trade on income distribution has been long recognized. It has created much debate (see the various articles in Collins, 1998, Cline, 1997 and Kosters, 1991). For this reason we avoid making causal arguments and restrict ourselves to measuring the degree of association between variables. This provides valuable information on the way that foreign trade interacts with earnings and skills.

Suggested Citation

  • Mauricio SANTAMARÍA SALAMANCA, 2001. "External Trade, Skill, Technology and the recent increase of income inequality in Colombia," ARCHIVOS DE ECONOMÍA 002705, DEPARTAMENTO NACIONAL DE PLANEACIÓN.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000118:002705

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Javier A. Birchenall, 2007. "Income distribution and macroeconomics in Colombia," Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of Income Distribution, vol. 16(2), pages 6-24, June.
    2. Fernando MESA PARRA, 2001. "Strategic Trade Policy and Exchange Rate Uncertainty," ARCHIVOS DE ECONOMÍA 003527, DEPARTAMENTO NACIONAL DE PLANEACIÓN.
    3. Castro Carlos Alberto, 2001. "Eficiencia-X en el sector bancario colombiano," REVISTA DESARROLLO Y SOCIEDAD, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE, September.
    4. Ortega, Juan Ricardo & Piraquive, Gabriel Armando & Hernandez, Gustavo Adolfo & Soto, Carolina & Prada, Sergio & Ramirez, Juan Mauricio, 2000. "Incidencia fiscal de los incentivos tributarios
      [Fiscal Incidence of tax incentives]
      ," MPRA Paper 14016, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. World Bank, 2004. "Inequality and Economic Development in Brazil," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 14913, August.
    2. World Bank, 2002. "Colombia : Poverty Report, Volume 1. Main Report," World Bank Other Operational Studies 15294, The World Bank.
    3. Stefano Farne & Carlos Andrés Vergara, 2008. "Los profesionales colombianos en el siglo XXI ¿Más estudian, más ganan?," OBS. MERCADO DE TRABAJO Y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL 005268, UNIVERSIDAD EXTERNADO DE COLOMBIA.
    4. World Bank, 2003. "Brazil : Inequality and Economic Development, Volume 1. Policy Report," World Bank Other Operational Studies 14653, The World Bank.

    More about this item


    income inequality;


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:col:000118:002705. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Bricelda Delgado Martínez). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.