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Title:Where the girls are: trade and labor market segregation in Colombia PDF Logo
Authors:Ederington, Josh
Minier, Jenny
Troske, Kenneth R.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4131
Abstract:Gary Becker's theory of discrimination argues that increasing competition will reduce discrimination in the labor market. We use the Colombian trade liberalization episode over the period 198491 to investigate this claim on plant-level data in three ways. First, we examine whether women are concentrated in exporting plants. Second, we examine whether the increase in foreign competition due to unilateral trade liberalization disproportionately drove discriminating plants out of the market. Finally, we investigate whether trade liberalization affected hiring decisions (and thus gender segregation) by Colombian firms.
Subjects:Discrimination
trade
competition
JEL:J7
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090513294
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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