Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/74956
Authors: 
Brock, Ellen
Dobbelaere, Sabien
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
LICOS Discussion Paper 136
Abstract: 
In this paper, we investigate whether international trade has affected workers?wages and their bargaining power in particular in the Belgian manufacturing industry over the period 1987-1995 by relying on a rent-sharing framework. Using a sample of more than 12 000 firms, we find that international trade has an effect on workers?wages through changes in the firms?profits. Our regression results reveal that increased foreign competition in the firm of lower export prices reduces both wages per worker and profits per worker. Besides, our findings indicate that technological change is an important detfirminant of the workers?(relative) bargaining power. Globalisation seems also to play some role.
Subjects: 
Rent Sharing
International Trade
Instrumental Variables
Panel Data
JEL: 
C23
D21
F16
F23
J50
L13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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