Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101833
Authors: 
Balsvik, Ragnhild
Jensen, Sissel
Salvanes, Kjell G.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8324
Abstract: 
We analyze whether regional labor markets are affected by expo- sure to import competition from China. We find negative employment effects for low-skilled workers, and observe that low-skilled workers tend to be pushed into unemployment or leave the labor force altogether. We find no evidence of wage effects. We partly expect this in a Nordic welfare state where firms are flexible at the employment margin, while centralized wage bargaining provides less flexibility at the wage margin. Our estimates suggest that import competition from China explains almost 10% of the reduction in the manufacturing employment share from 1996 to 2007 which is half of the effect found by Autor, Dorn and Hanson (2013) for the US.
Subjects: 
import competition
local labor markets
Norway
JEL: 
F16
H53
J23
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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