Revisiting Openness: A Research Agenda

Posted: 29 Jan 2001

See all articles by Carlos F. Liard-Muriente

Carlos F. Liard-Muriente

Central Connecticut State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2001

Abstract

Inequality is a lively topic. With the trends in the US and Europe, researchers have formulated two major explanations for the problem. Trade/Openness on the one hand and Skills/Computers on the other. The "conventional" explanation is the dominant view, primarily because empirical studies found that the impact of trade on workers is relatively small and because of the computer revolution. However, there are flaws in the conventional explanation. Thus, the trade/openness explanation should be revisited. After a discussion of the skills/computers argument, the trade/openness explanation is confronted. Threat effects against Labor are then presented as part of a research agenda.

Keywords: Openness, Trade, Threat Effects

JEL Classification: F01, F10, F42, J58

Suggested Citation

Liard-Muriente, Carlos F., Revisiting Openness: A Research Agenda (January 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=255568

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