Title

Essays on the Impact of Trade on Labor Markets and Productivity in Korea

Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Economics

Advisor(s)

Devashish Mitra

Second Advisor

Jonathan K. Hanson

Keywords

Trade, Labor markets, Productivity, Korea

Subject Categories

Economics

Abstract

This dissertation consists of three essays. Using firm-level data from Korea, the first chapter studies the impact of trade openness on the share of wages in output. The second chapter examines the impact of trade on firm-level labor-demand elasticities in Korea. The third chapter investigates the impact of exports on firm-level productivity. This dissertation finds some evidence from Korea in support of new channels through which international trade can put pressure on labor markets. However, the dissertation also finds fairly strong evidence that exports lead to an increase in productivity.

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