Title

Adjustment of Wages and Equilibrium Unemployment in a Ricardian Global Economy

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

This paper develops a dynamic Ricardian model of the world economy exhibiting endogenous wages and equilibrium unemployment. It is shown that international trade serves to give workers an increased stake in job-holding, and, in general equilibrium, leads to higher real earnings and lower equilibrium unemployment. Economic shocks emanating in one country affect the trading partner's equilibrium unemployment rate by shifting the terms of trade. The generality of the results are discussed along three dimensions: replacing efficiency wages with bargaining in labor market; introducing role for market sizes and factor proportion differences; and introducing firm-specific training to generate dynamics.

Discipline

Economics

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics

Publication

Journal of International Economics

Volume

54

Issue

1

First Page

193

Last Page

209

ISSN

0022-1996

Identifier

10.1016/s0022-1996(00)00084-2

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s0022-1996(00)00084-2

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