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Capital Market Integration and Wages

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  • Anusha Chari
  • Peter Blair Henry
  • Diego Sasson

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For three years after the typical emerging economy opens its stock market to inflows of foreign capital, the average annual growth rate of the real wage in the manufacturing sector increases by a factor of three. No such increase occurs in a control group of countries. The temporary increase in the growth rate of the real wage drives up the level of average annual compensation for each worker in the sample by 487 US dollars--an increase equal to nearly one-fifth of their annual pre-liberalization salary. The increase in the growth rate of labor productivity in the aftermath of liberalization exceeds the increase in the growth rate of the real wage so that the increase in workers' incomes does not drive up unit labor costs. Overall, the results suggest that trade in capital may have a larger impact on wages than trade in goods.

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  • Anusha Chari & Peter Blair Henry & Diego Sasson, 2009. "Capital Market Integration and Wages," NBER Working Papers 15204, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:15204
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    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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