- International trade and employment: trade partner country effects on jobs and wages
- Book title
- Internationalisation monitor 2011
- Pages (from-to)
- The Hague / Heerlen: Statistics Netherlands
- Document type
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam Business School Research Institute (ABS-RI)
Recent academic research has consistently identified trading firms - both exporters and importers - to be larger, and to pay higher wages than their non-trading counterparts. However, not all trade is equal: imports from low-wage countries may destroy employment, particularly among low-skilled workers. Similarly, export markets may vary with respect to their fixed set-up costs which may be reflected in different sizes and wages (skill levels) required for internationalisation. This chapter examines whether the country of origin and/or destination of international trade flows is an extra explanation for differences in employment and wages, in addition to enterprise size, locus of control
and economic activity.
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