Trade Policy, Income Risk, and Welfare

Brown University Economics Working Paper No. 2004-09

39 Pages Posted: 18 May 2005

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Tom Krebs

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research

Pravin Krishna

Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Brown University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

William F. Maloney

World Bank - Poverty and Economic Management Unit; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

This paper studies empirically the relationship between trade policy and individual income risk faced by workers. The analysis proceeds in three steps. First, longitudinal data on workers are used to estimate time-varying individual income risk parameters in various manufacturing sectors. The estimated income risk parameters and data on trade barriers are then used to analyze the relationship between trade policy and income risk. Finally, a simple dynamic general equilibrium model with incomplete markets is used assess the corresponding welfare costs. In the implementation of this methodology using Mexican data, we find that trade policy changes have a significant short run effect on income risk. Further, while the tariff level has an insignificant mean effect, it nevertheless changes the degree to which macroeconomic shocks affect income risk.

Keywords: Trade Policy, Income Risk, Macroeconomics

JEL Classification: D52, E21, F1, F13

Suggested Citation

Krebs, Tom and Krishna, Pravin and Maloney, William F., Trade Policy, Income Risk, and Welfare (April 2004). Brown University Economics Working Paper No. 2004-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=724224 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.724224

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