The impact of trade liberalization on skill upgrading. Evidence from Argentina

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Bustos, Paula. The impact of trade liberalization on skill upgrading. Evidence from Argentina. 2005
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dc.contributor.author Bustos, Paula
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
dc.date.issued 2005-11-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/6078
dc.description.abstract In this paper I study the effects of a regional free trade agreement on the demand for skill. I start by documenting a series of facts to shed light on the determinants of a steep increase in the relative demand of skilled labor in a panel of Argentinean industrial firms covering the trade liberalization period. First, this is not explained by labor reallocation across industries or firms but by skill upgrading within firms. Second, exporters upgrade skill faster than non exporters. Third, firms upgrading skill also upgrade technology. These findings are consistent with a model where a reduction in trading partner’s tariffs induces the most productive firms (exporters) to adopt skill-intensive production technologies. Indeed, I find that the reduction in Brazil’s tariffs induces the most productive Argentinean firms to upgrade skill, while the least productive ones downgrade. One third of the increase in the relative demand for skill can be attributed to the reduction in Brazil’s tariffs.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Business Working Papers Series; 1189
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dc.title The impact of trade liberalization on skill upgrading. Evidence from Argentina
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.date.modified 2014-06-03T07:14:25Z
dc.subject.keyword Macroeconomics and International Economics
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