Does tariff liberalization increase wage inequality? : some empirical evidence

"The objective of the paper is to answer an often-asked question : if tariff rates are reduced, what will happen to wage inequality ? We consider two types of wage inequality : between occupations (skills premium), and between industries. We use two large data bases of wage inequality that have...

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Main Author: Milanovic, Branko
Corporate Author: National Bureau of Economic Research
Other Authors: Squire, Lyn
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cambridge, MA National Bureau of Economic Research 2005, c2005
Series:NBER working paper series
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Summary:"The objective of the paper is to answer an often-asked question : if tariff rates are reduced, what will happen to wage inequality ? We consider two types of wage inequality : between occupations (skills premium), and between industries. We use two large data bases of wage inequality that have become recently available and a large dataset of average tariff rates all covering the period between 1980 and 2000. We find that tariff reduction is associated with higher inter-occupational and inter-industry inequality in poorer countries (those below the world median income) and the reverse in richer countries. The results for inter-occupational inequality though must be treated with caution"--National Bureau of Economic Research web site
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references. - Title from PDF file as viewed on 2/8/2005
Physical Description:Online-Ressource