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Rising Wage Inequality in Mexico: Structural Reforms or Changing Labor Market Institutions?

Popli, G. (2005) Rising Wage Inequality in Mexico: Structural Reforms or Changing Labor Market Institutions? Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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Over the period of the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s Mexico experienced a significant increase in wage inequality. The literature has typically attributed this rise in inequality to trade liberalization and foreign direct investment. We argue, however, that a better explanation can be found in the changing labor market institutions such as declining union power and the declining real value of the minimum wage. We offer evidence to suggest that these domestic institutional changes have indeed contributed to growing wage inequality, and show that the timing of these institutional changes better matches the trajectory of wage inequality in Mexico than does the timing of reforms.

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Keywords: Wage Inequality, Structural Reforms, Labor Market Institutions, Mexico
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 13:18
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 14:45
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2005016
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9927

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