International Trade and Unemployment: An Investigation of the Swiss Case
Project funded by own resources
Project title International Trade and Unemployment: An Investigation of the Swiss Case
Principal Investigator(s) Weder, Rolf
Mohler, Lukas
Wyss, Simone
Organisation / Research unit Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Aussenwirtschaft und Europ. Integration (Weder),
Europainstitut / Europäische Wirtschaft (Weder)
Project start 01.01.2014
Probable end 31.12.2020
Status Active
Abstract

Gains from trade are typically associated with changes in a country’s production structure that may lead to distributional effects. This paper contributes to the existing literature in two ways. First, it analyzes the employment and wage effects of trade on displaced workers based on six case studies, i.e. Swiss firms that were forced to outsource or close down some of their production. Second, it investigates whether for those working in the Swiss manufacturing sector as a whole, an increase in international trade tends to raise their likelihood to become unemployed. We find that the effects of trade on unemployment remain rather limited.

Financed by University funds
   

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