Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68136
Authors: 
Dickerson, Andy
Green, Francis
Arbache, Jorge Saba
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Department of Economics Discussion Paper, University of Kent 01,14
Abstract: 
We investigate the impact of trade liberalization on wages and the returns to education in Brazil. Our pseudo-panel estimates of the returns are significantly lower than OLS estimates, signifying omitted ability bias in traditional cross-section estimated returns in developing countries. Trade liberalization impacted on wages and the returns to education in both traded and non-traded sectors, suggesting important spill-over effects. Wages in both sectors fell in the period immediately after trade reform, with some compression of the skilled wage premium especially at the top of the distribution. Subsequently, there has been some recovery in wages, especially in the non-traded sector.
Subjects: 
Trade Liberalisation
Returns to Education
Pseudo-Panel
JEL: 
J31
C23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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