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Dynamic Trade, Education and Intergenerational Inequality

Yang, Han (2020): Dynamic Trade, Education and Intergenerational Inequality.

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How does international trade affect transitional dynamics of the relative wage for unskilled workers when educational decisions and capital accumulation are considered? By including these channels in a dynamic quantitative trade model, I show that reduced trade costs increase the skill premium and educational attainment in the steady state. On the transitional path, capital accumulation and capital-skill complementarity cause a more drastic increase in the skill premium in the earlier transition. In the long run, education mitigates 65% of transitory trade-induced inequality on average. This result explains the observed transitional paths of the skill premium in recent trade liberalization episodes.

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