Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63324
Authors: 
Ferreira, Francisco H. G.
Leite, Phillippe G.
Wai-Poi, Matthew
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2007/58
Abstract: 
Using nationally representative, economy-wide data, this paper investigates the relative importance of trade-mandated effects on industry wage premiums; industry and economy-wide skill premiums; and employment flows in accounting for changes in the wage distribution in Brazil during the 1988-95 trade liberalization. Unlike in other Latin American countries, trade liberalization appears to have made a significant contribution towards a reduction in wage inequality. These effects have not occurred through changes in industry-specific (wage or skill) premiums. Instead, they appear to have been channelled through substantial employment flows across sectors and formality categories. Changes in the economy-wide skill premium are also important.
Subjects: 
trade liberalization
inequality
employment flows
Brazil
JEL: 
D31
F16
J31
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-005-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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