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Trade, Technology, and Prosperity

An Account of Evidence from a Labor-Market Perspective

Trade and technological change continually alter the workplace and labor-market outcomes, with consequences for economy-wide welfare and the distribution of real incomes.


Keywords: wages, employment, labor-market outcomes, current account balance, choice of technology, automation, inequality, industrial structure and structural change, jobs, trade
JEL: L1: Industrial Organization / Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance; F16: International Economics / Trade / Trade and Labor Market Interactions; J2: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor; O14: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology; F32: International Economics / International Finance / Current Account Adjustment; Short-Term Capital Movements; J23: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Labor Demand
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