研討日期

20140809  10:20 ~ 13:00

研討地點

台灣大學社會科學院  

討論題目

題目

作者

文獻出處

Trade cost reduction, subcontracting and unionised wage

Dibyendu Maiti, Arijit Mukherjee

Labour Economics

報告人

曹古駒

參加人員

陳和全、黃鴻、梁文榮、林燕淑、王光正、王佳琪、蔡明芳、張瑞雲、彭正浩、丁虹仁、王羿傑、曹古駒、許至乙、吳尚弈、呂雅媛、周冰瑤、施姵全

討論提要

This paper fills this gap in the literature, and shows the implications of the domestic firm's strategic decision on formal and informal productions in determining the effects of a trade cost reduction.

 

討論結果與建議

We show the effects of trade cost reduction in the presence of a domestic firm's strategic output allocation between formal in-house production and subcontracting to the informal sector. Considering a one-way trade, we show that trade cost reduction increases the in-house unionised wage, in-house employment, union utility, the formalinformal wage gap and consumer surplus, it reduces informal production and the profit of the domestic firm, and it creates an ambiguous effect on welfare. Whether trade cost reduction increases

the income gap between the domestic producer and the labour union is ambiguous, and depends on the trade cost and the cost of subcontracting. Considering a two-way trade with symmetric segmented markets, we show that a symmetric trade cost reduction reduces the domestic unionised wage, domestic in-house employment, union utility, it increases informal production, consumer surplus and it creates ambiguous effects of the profits.

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