Quality Differentiation and the Labour Market Effects of International Trade
This paper offers a new treatment of the labour market effects of international trade, based on a model in which intra-industry trade is explained on Heckscher-Ohlin principles. The model is more consistent with stylised facts about North-South trade than the traditional Heckscher-Ohlin model of inter-industry trade. Applying the model to trade between Italy and ‘non-advanced countries’ and inferring the factor content of intra-industry trade from the inter-sectoral relationship between factor intensity and average unit values of exports, we find that the labour market effects of intra- industry trade add significantly to the estimated factor market impact of trade.
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- Fontagné, Lionel & Freudenberg, Michael & Péridy, Nicolas, 1998. "Intra-Industry Trade and the Single Market: Quality Matters," CEPR Discussion Papers 1959, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- Paul Krugman & Robert Lawrence, 1993. "Trade, Jobs, and Wages," NBER Working Papers 4478, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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