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International Migration of Labour and Skilled-Unskilled Wage Inequality


  • Shigemi Yabuuchi

    (Nagoya City University, Japan)

  • Sarbajit Chaudhuri

    (Calcutta University, India)


The present note develops a three sector general equilibrium structure with diverse trade pattern and imperfection in the unskilled labour market to analyze the consequences of international mobility of skilled and unskilled labour on the skilled-unskilled wage inequality in the developing economies. The analysis finds that an emigration (immigration) of either type of labour is likely to produce a favourable (an unfavourable) effect on the wage inequality. In particular, the result of emigration (immigration) of skilled labour on the relative wage inequality is counterintuitive. These results have important policy implications for an overpopulated developing country like India.

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  • Shigemi Yabuuchi & Sarbajit Chaudhuri, 2005. "International Migration of Labour and Skilled-Unskilled Wage Inequality," International Trade 0510007, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0510007
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    1. Chaudhuri, Sarbajit & Bandopadhyay, Titas Kumar, 2012. "Endogenous skill formation, foreign capital and education subsidy in a dual economy," MPRA Paper 41631, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Chaudhuri, Sarbajit, 2010. "Economic recession, demand constraint and labour markets in a developing economy," MPRA Paper 27433, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Skilled labour; unskilled labour; wage inequality; emigration (immigration) of labour; labour market imperfection; diverse trade pattern;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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