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Recessionary shock, capital mobility and the informal sector

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  • Mandal, Biswajit
  • Marjit, Sugata
  • Beladi, Hamid

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Using the hybrid of Heckscher - Ohlin and Specific Factor models of trade we show that economic recession led shock results in a loss for both capitalists and skilled workers. Some of the unionized unskilled workers lose formal sector employment and move onto the informal sector. In case capital moves from formal to the informal, informal employment and wage both can go up in the informal segment. If capital does not move informal employment expands and wage drops. Thus recession may actually benefit a large number of informal workers.

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  • Mandal, Biswajit & Marjit, Sugata & Beladi, Hamid, 2010. "Recessionary shock, capital mobility and the informal sector," MPRA Paper 33736, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jan 2011.
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    1. Beladi, Hamid & Mandal, Biswajit, 2011. "Recessionary shock and factor return in an underemployed economy," MPRA Paper 33733, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    International Trade; Informal sector; General Equilibrium;

    JEL classification:

    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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