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Intra-industry trade and labour market adjustment: A reassessment using data on individual workers

  • Joanne Kathryn Lindley

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Marius Brullhart
  • Rob Elliott

We re-examine the relationship between intra-industry trade and labour reallocation, using individual-level data on manufacturing worker moves in the United Kingdom. The contribution of this analysis is twofold. First, we estimate the impact of intra-industry trade on worker moves between occupations as well as between industries. Second, we run individual-level regressions that allow us to control for worker heterogeneity. Our results suggest that intra-industry trade does have the stipulated attenuating effect on worker moves, both between occupations and between industries, but that this effect is relatively small compared to other determinants of labour reallocation.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2005005.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2005
Date of revision: May 2005
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2005005
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