Sly, Nicholas (2010): Skill Acquisition, Incentive Contracts and Jobs: Labor Market Adjustment to Trade.
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This paper examines how global integration influences worker behavior regarding skill acquisition, as well as firm behavior regarding incentive contracts and occupational diversity. The approach integrates several key components of international trade and the wage distribution in developed countries: namely heterogeneous firms, trade in similar goods, and performance payments to workers that endogenously obtain different skill levels. Greater trading opportunities reduce aggregate prices, causing workers to experience a greater marginal utility derived from income, as well as the skills that aid them in fulfilling performance contracts. Firms respond to skill accumulation among the labor force by adjusting the provision of incentive contracts, and the types of jobs they offer. Labor market adjustment to trade liberalization is characterized by a more steep, but less extensive, provision of incentive contracts among the labor force; higher overall wage inequality exhibiting a U-shaped differential; and job polarization across skill-groups.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Skill Acquisition, Incentive Contracts and Jobs: Labor Market Adjustment to Trade|
|Keywords:||Job Polarization, Performance Pay, Trade Adjustment|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F16 - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J8 - Labor Standards: National and International
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
|Depositing User:||Nicholas Sly|
|Date Deposited:||15. Sep 2010 01:23|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 16:56|
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