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Chinese imports’ impacts on Brazil’s inter-industry wage premium

Lourenco S. Paz (Department of Economics, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Article publication date: 29 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effects of Chinese and non-Chinese import penetration on the inter-industry wage premium, and how such effects vary according to the unskilled-labor intensity of the industry and to the implementation of the Nova Matriz Economica policy in 2008.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper empirically examines the effects of the Chinese and non-Chinese import penetration on the wage premium using a linear instrumental variables model and data from Brazilian household surveys and censuses.

Findings

The estimates show the Chinese import penetration positively affecting the wage premium in unskilled-labor intensive. And the implementation of the new macroeconomic policy strengthened this effect.

Originality/value

To the best of the author’s knowledge, this is the first paper to study the effects of Chinese and non-Chinese import penetration on the inter-industry wage premium.

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Citation

Paz, L.S. (2019), "Chinese imports’ impacts on Brazil’s inter-industry wage premium", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 46 No. 5, pp. 1052-1064. https://doi.org/10.1108/JES-12-2017-0382

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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