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|Title:||On wage-inequalities in the North and in the South|
|Citation:||Leung, H.-M. (1998). On wage-inequalities in the North and in the South. Journal of International Trade and Economic Development 7 (3) : 299-315. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Northern, developed, skilled-labour rich countries have, in recent years, faced increasing competition from Southern, developing, unskilled-labour rich countries. Many have blamed the South for aggravating the wage-inequality in the North. We build a hybrid model with Heckscher-Ohlin and Ricardian characteristics to tackle this issue. Relative demand for the skilled-labour-intensive good (eg cars, computers and computer software) plays a bigger role here than elsewhere in the literature. We find the usual H-O mechanism leads to relative wage convergence, divergence or reversal depending on the relative strength of relative demand, technology and endowment effects. More provacative results arise from innovation/imitation considerations: northern innovation aggravates Northern wage-inequality but alleviates Southern wage-inequality; Southern imitation alleviates Northern wage-inequality but aggravates Southern wage-inequality.|
|Source Title:||Journal of International Trade and Economic Development|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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