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Analyzing the Effects of Labor Standards on U.S. Export Performance: A Time Series Approach With Structural Change

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  • Gabriel Rodriguez

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  • Yiagadeesen Samy

    (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

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We analyze the empirical effects of different measures of labor standards on the export performance of the United States using annual data for the period 1950-1998, applying a time series approach based on the structural change literature. Hence, we estimate a model with endogenous breaks following the methodology proposed by Bai and Perron (1998). The results show that the labor standards, represented by the number of hours worked, the rate of occupational injuries and the unionization rate, are all very important to explain the behavior of exports for the United States. In particular, we find that low labor standards may both improve or lead to a deterioration in export performance.

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  • Gabriel Rodriguez & Yiagadeesen Samy, 2001. "Analyzing the Effects of Labor Standards on U.S. Export Performance: A Time Series Approach With Structural Change," Working Papers 0108E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.
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    1. Vivek H. Dehejia & Yiagadeesen Samy, 2007. "Trade and Labor Standards: A Review of the Theory and New Empirical Evidence," Carleton Economic Papers 07-12, Carleton University, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Exports; Labor Standards; Stationarity; Structural Change; Unit Roots;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C4 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics

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