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Labor market adjustments after a large import shock: Evidence from the German clothing industry and the Multi-Fibre Arrangement

Nils Braakmann () and Joachim Wagner ()

No 155, Working Paper Series in Economics from University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics

Abstract: This paper considers labor market adjustments following a large import shock in the German clothing industry caused by the phasing out of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement. Using the German shoe industry as a control group and administrative data, we study adjustments on the individual and firm level using difference-in-differences. Our results suggest relatively small increases in unemployment risk and no wage effects on the individual level, despite a 30% increase in plant mortality. Part of the different effects found for plants and individuals can be attributed to the reallocation of workers into other industries and occupations.

Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2009-12
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