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Trade, education, and income inequality


Brueckner, M and Van Long, N and Vespignani, J, Trade, education, and income inequality, Applied Economics, 54, (40) pp. 4608-4631. ISSN 0003-6846 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00036846.2022.2027862


This paper examines the relationship between countries' bilateral trade with the United States that is not due to gravity (non-gravity trade) and the distribution of income within countries. In countries where only a small share of the population are educated, an increase in non-gravity trade is associated with a significant increase in income inequality. As education of the population increases the correlation between non-gravity trade and income inequality becomes smaller. Non-gravity trade has no significant effect on income inequality in countries that are world leaders in education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:non-gravity trade, inequality, education
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Behavioural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Macroeconomics
Objective Field:Balance of payments
UTAS Author:Vespignani, J (Associate Professor Joaquin Vespignani)
ID Code:148703
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Finance
Deposited On:2022-02-03
Last Modified:2022-10-07

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