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The Welfare Effects of Globalization with Labor Market Regulation

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  • Palokangas, Tapio K.

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I examine how globalization affects wages and welfare in a general equilibrium model of international trade with partly oligopolistic markets. Globalization is modeled as reducing trade costs or opening up shielded sectors to trade. There is a national or international common agency that determines minimum wages for the oligopolists, either directly or through supporting labor unions. The lobbies of employers and labor unions influence that agency, relating their prospective political contributions to the latter's decisions. Both a shift from national to international regulation and a decrease in trade costs promote aggregate welfare, but decrease open-sector relative wages.

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  • Palokangas, Tapio K., 2015. "The Welfare Effects of Globalization with Labor Market Regulation," IZA Discussion Papers 9412, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Palokangas, Tapio K., 2017. "Labor Market Regulation, International Trade and Footloose Capital," IZA Discussion Papers 10468, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Rudy Colacicco, 2016. "-Environment, Imperfect Competition, and Trade: Insights for Optimal Policy in General Equilibrium," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n273-16.pdf, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.

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    Keywords

    globalization; international trade; common agency; regulation; labor unions;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects

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