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Labor Markets in Regional Trade Agreements: What Do We Know?

Publication Clermont-Ferrand: Fondation pour les Études et Recherches sur le Développement International, 2013
Collection FERDI, Working Paper; WP 69.2013
Description 42 p.
Abstract Globalization has failed to relax barriers to the movement of labor, especially unskilled workers. So have North-South Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), while South-South RTAs have failed to implement good intentions. A literature review of the labor effects of RTAs underscores context specificity precluding generalizations across categories of RTAs. Most ex-ante studies have focused on global welfare effects rather than anticipated labor market effects while ex-post studies have had difficulty isolating any direct effects attributable to implementation of the RTA because of confounding effects as illustrated by a discussion of the wage puzzle in Mexico under NAFTA. The survey reviews labor market and wage results from ex-ante CGE estimates and ex-post household-based econometric estimates.
Keywords Regional trade agreementsLabor markets
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DE MELO, Jaime, REGOLO, Julie. Labor Markets in Regional Trade Agreements: What Do We Know?. 2013 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:55416

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