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The impact of trade with China and India on Argentina’s manufacturing employment

Castro, Lucio and Olarreaga, Marcelo and Saslavsky, Daniel (2006): The impact of trade with China and India on Argentina’s manufacturing employment.

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Abstract

For many in Latin America, the increasing participation of China and India in international markets is seen as a looming shadow of two ‘mighty giants’ on the region’s manufacturing sector. Are they really mighty giants when it comes to their impact on manufacturing employment? This paper attempts to answer this question estimating the effects of trade with China and India on Argentina’s industrial employment. We use a dynamic econometric model and industry level data to estimate the effects of trade with China and India on the level of employment in Argentina’s manufacturing sector. Results suggest that trade with China and India only had a small negative effect on industrial employment, even in a period of swift trade liberalization like the nineties.

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