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The impact of international trade on employment and wage differentials: same evidence from the italian macro-regions


  • Margherita Scarlato


The purpose of this paper is to gain insigt into the potential impact produced by a growing international integration on the labor market of economies experiencing different stages of development. The first part provides a review of the economists' debate about the impact of international trade on employment and wages. More to the point, a comparison is made of the experiences of the United States, Europe and LDCs. An empirical analysis of the case of Italy follows, with a focus on the different relationships between international trade and the labor market in the three Italian macro-regions (Northern, Central and Southern Italy).

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  • Margherita Scarlato, 1998. "The impact of international trade on employment and wage differentials: same evidence from the italian macro-regions," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0009, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
  • Handle: RePEc:rtr:wpaper:0009

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    international trade; labor market;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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