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Product cycles, endogenous skill acquisition, and wage inequality

Hitoshi Tanaka and Tatsuro Iwaisako ()

Canadian Journal of Economics, 2009, vol. 42, issue 1, 300-331

Abstract: This paper presents an endogenous product cycle overlapping generations model, where the supply of skilled labour is endogenously determined. This is used to examine how production shifts through imitation by developing countries affect the domestic wage differential and supply of skilled labour in developed countries. In the model, production shifts increase the demand for researchers in developed countries and cause higher relative wages for skilled labour: this leads to more individuals acquiring the skills. As a consequence, the model helps to explain the simultaneous increase in the domestic wage gap and in the supply of skilled labour observed in developed countries.

JEL-codes: F16 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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