Trade liberalization and labor demand elasticities: Evidence from Turkey

Pravin Krishna, Devashish Mitra, Sajjid Chinoy

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In the recent debate over the impact of trade reform on factor markets, it has been argued that trade liberalization will lead to an increase in labor-demand elasticities - thus placing labor markets under increased pressure. Using Turkish plant-level data spanning the course of a dramatic trade liberalization, we test this idea. However, we are unable to find any empirical support for this supposed theoritical link: in most of the industries we consider, we cannot reject the hypothesis of no relationship between trade openness and labor-demand elasticities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-409
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Factor demand elasticities
  • Imperfect competition
  • Trade reforms
  • Turkey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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