TBTs, Firm Organization and Labour Structure

31 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2020

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Giorgio Barba Navaretti

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Lionel Fontagne

University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne; Paris School of Economics; CEPII

Gianluca Orefice

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Giovanni Pica

Idep, facoltà di economia; University of Milan - Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM); University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); University of Naples Federico II - CSEF - Center for Studies in Economics and Finance

Anna Rosso

University of Milan

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects on firms' occupational structure of shocks induced by the introduction of Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs) in importing countries. We rely on the Specific Trade Concern (STC) data released by the WTO to identify trade-restrictive TBT measures, combined with matched employer-employee data for the population of French exporters over the period 1995-2010, and with information on the list of product-destinations served by each French exporter. Controlling for time-invariant firm/occupation effects and for time-varying sector/occupation shocks, IV estimates show that exporters respond to increased complexity associated with restrictive TBTs at destination by raising the share of managers at the expense of blue collars, white collars and professionals. This evidence is consistent with the growing literature exploring how firms organize their workforce composition in presence of exogenous (foreign) shocks; and it is also related to the well-beaten literature on the labour market effects of trade.

Keywords: skill composition, labor demand, trade barriers, non-tariff measures

Suggested Citation

Navaretti, Giorgio Barba and Fontagne, Lionel and Fontagne, Lionel and Orefice, Gianluca and Pica, Giovanni and Rosso, Anna, TBTs, Firm Organization and Labour Structure (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3676100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3676100

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Gianluca Orefice

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Giovanni Pica

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Anna Rosso

University of Milan ( email )

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