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FDI and the relative wage in a North South global economy

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  • Subhadip Ghosh

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This paper examines the effect on relative wages when FDI occurs from the North to the South. The Northern firms undertake FDI to take advantage of the lower wage of unskilled labor in the South. The key assumption is that FDI from North to South occurs in an unskilled labor intensive production activity, but that activity is located in a sector that is relatively skill-intensive. It is shown that FDI leads to an increase in the relative wage of skilled labor in both North and South. It is also found that FDI may increase unemployment of unskilled labor in the South.

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  • Subhadip Ghosh, 2003. "FDI and the relative wage in a North South global economy," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers 03-03, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:isipdp:03-03
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    Keywords

    FDI; Relative wage; North-South trade; Vertical integration; Arms-length trading;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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