TRADE-INDUCED REDUCTION IN UNEMPLOYMENT OF A HIGH-WAGE ECONOMY: A MINIMUM-WAGE MODEL WITH COUNTRY-SPECIFIC TECHNOLOGY
Richard Brecher and
Zhihao Yu ()
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Zhihao Yu: Department of Economics, Carleton University, https://carleton.ca/economics/people/yu-zhihao/
No 21-04, Carleton Economic Papers from Carleton University, Department of Economics
This paper shows that a high-wage country might reduce its unemployment by trading with a low-wage economy,despite popular predictions to the contrary. We demonstrate this possibility in a Heckscher-Ohlin-Samuelson type of model with two countries, which differ only because one of them has a binding minimum-wage constraint and a technological improvement that (despite the heightened wage) creates a comparative advantage in the labor-intensive good. Under these circumstances, the minimum-wage economy will experience an unemployment reduction when it trades with a low-wage counterpart. This theoretical result is consistent with some recent empirical estimates.
Keywords: Trade; Unemployment; Minimum wage; Country-specific technology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15 pages
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