Trade, Labor Market Frictions, and Residual Wage Inequality across Worker Groups
Abstract:Using a matched employer-employee data set, we study the effects of trade liberalization on wage dispersion in Brazil across heterogeneous worker groups, keeping in mind that the assignment of workers to firms may be non-random and determined by the time-invariant productivity of workers specific to the firms with which they are matched. We find differential effects of trade reform on residual wage inequality across worker groups. High education workers experience greater increases in wage dispersion relative to low education workers following trade liberalization. This finding is broadly consistent with the theoretical predictions that emerge from models with heterogeneous firms, heterogeneous workers, and labor market frictions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2012
More about this publication?
- The American Economic Review is a general-interest economics journal. The journal is published quarterly and contains articles on a broad range of topics. Established in 1911, the AER is among the nation's oldest and most respected scholarly journals in the economics profession.
- Editorial Board
- Information for Authors
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- Terms & Conditions
- e-Publications for AEA Members
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites