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Does tariff liberalization increase wage inequality? Some empirical evidence

Branko Milanovic () and Lyn Squire

Labor and Demography from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The objective of the paper is to answer an often-asked question : if tariff rates are reduced, what will happen to wage inequality ? We consider two types of wage inequality : between occupations (skills premium), and between industries. We use two large data bases of wage inequality that have become recently available and a large dataset of average tariff rates all covering the period between 1980 and 2000. We find that tariff reduction is associated with higher inter-occupational and inter-industry inequality in poorer countries (those below the world median income) and the reverse in richer countries. The results for inter-occupational inequality though must be treated with caution.

Keywords: tariffs; trade; liberalization; wages; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F1 F13 D31 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005-01-27
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 64
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