Trade and Wages: Choosing Among Alternative Explanations

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Abstract

North-South trade competition cannot be an explanation for the adverse trend for U.S. unskilled wages. If wage competition in these industries from abroad pushed down wages, then prices of these goods should also have gone down, and they have not. Also VERs and anti-dumping measures have protected exactly the wage earners supposedly threatened.

Keywords: wages, unskilled, trade

JEL Classification: F11, J30

Suggested Citation

Bhagwati, Jagdish, Trade and Wages: Choosing Among Alternative Explanations. Economic Policy Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1995, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1029721

Jagdish Bhagwati (Contact Author)

Columbia University - Law School ( email )

435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10009

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