Trade between symmetric countries, heterogeneous firms, and the skill premium

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This paper examines the effects of trade liberalization between symmetric countries on the skill premium. I introduce skilled and unskilled labour in a model of trade with heterogeneous firms à la Melitz (2003) and assume a production technology such that more productive firms are more skill intensive. I show that the effects of trade liberalization on wage inequality crucially depend on the type of trade costs considered and on their initial size. While fixed costs of trade have a potentially non-monotonic effect on the skill premium, a drop in variable trade costs unambiguously and substantially raises wage inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-170
JournalThe Canadian Journal of Economics
Volume44
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Skill premium
Heterogeneous firms
Trade costs
Trade liberalization
Wage inequality
Unskilled labour
Production technology
Skilled labor
Fixed costs

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