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Title: Trade, Firms, and Wages: Theory and Evidence

Author(s): Mary Amiti and Donald R Davis

Publication Date: June 2008

Keyword(s): firm heterogeneity, input tariffs, output tariffs, trade liberalization and wages

Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: How does trade liberalization affect wages? This is the first paper to consider in theory and data how the impact of final and intermediate input tariff cuts on workers? wages varies with the global engagement of their firm. Our model predicts that a fall in output tariffs lowers wages at import-competing firms, but boosts wages at exporting firms. Similarly, a fall in input tariffs raises wages at import-using firms relative to those at firms that only source locally. Using highly detailed Indonesian manufacturing census data for the period 1991 to 2000, we find considerable support for the model?s predictions.

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Amiti, M and Davis, D. 2008. 'Trade, Firms, and Wages: Theory and Evidence'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.