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Labour Market Effects of Non-tariff Measures: A Computable General Equilibrium for the Food Processing Sector in Malaysia

Vickie Siew Hoon Yew (), Abul Al-Amin () and Evelyn Devadason ()
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Vickie Siew Hoon Yew: University of Malaya

The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 2020, vol. 63, issue 3, No 3, 629-656

Abstract: Abstract Non-tariff measures (NTMs) affect the labour market indirectly through trade. However, much ambiguity surrounds the labour market effects of NTMs, as conditions of the labour market are somewhat contextual. With a specific focus on the highly regulated food processing sector in Malaysia, this paper examines the impact of reductions in ad valorem equivalents of NTMs on employment and wages using a computable general equilibrium model. The simulations indicate positive gains to employment following reductions in NTMs in the short and long run. In the long run, employment gains and wage losses are observed for the unskilled group. The findings justify the need to complement the NTM reform with other mechanisms to address the likely rise in low-quality jobs in the food processing sector.

Keywords: Employment; Wages; Non-tariff measures; Computable general equilibrium; Malaysia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F16 F19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s41027-020-00239-0

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