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|The Role of “Skill enhancing Trade” in Brazil : Some Evidence from Microdata|
|Authors:||Araújo, Bruno Cesar; Bogliacino, Francesco; Vivarelli, Marco|
|Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):||2009-06|
|Total Number of Pages:||22|
|Title of Series:||Jena economic research papers (JERP)|
|Issue / Number:||2009-038|
|Corporate Body (Series Editor):||Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena; Max-Planck-Institut für Ökonomik|
|Review Status:||Internal review|
|Abstract / Description:||Brazil was characterised by a marked process of trade liberalisation in the ‘90s, resulting in a dramatic increase in the volumes of exports and imports since the year 2000.Over the same period, the relative demand for skilled labour has increased substantially. To investigate whether these two simultaneous phenomena are linked is the purpose of this paper.
More in particular, this study focuses on the impact of trade openness and technology transfer on the relative demand for skilled labour in Brazilian manufacturing firms, using a unique panel database (resulting from merging three different statistical sources) of Brazilian manufacturing firms over the period 1997-2005.
Descriptive statistics show that the increase in the relative demand for skilled labour was mainly driven by the within-industry variation, supporting the hypothesis that technology (and in particular technological transfer from richer countries) may have played a role in determining the skill-upgrading of Brazilian manufacturing firms.
The econometric results further support this hypothesis. Indeed, the estimations show that domestic capital is a complement of the skilled workers and that imported capital goods clearly act as a skill-enhancing component of trade. Hence, our results support the view that embodied technological change through the importation of capital goods has involved a clear skill-biased impact in Brazilian manufacturing.
|Free Keywords:||skill-enhancing trade; skill-bias; panel data; Brazil|
|Classification / Thesaurus:||JEL Classification: O33; O54; F16|
|External Publication Status:||published|
|Communicated by:||David B. Audretsch|
|Affiliations:||MPI für Ökonomik/Abteilung Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy|