Economic Policy Review

U.S. Wage Trends in the 1980s: The Role of International Factors

January 1995Volume 1, Number 1
JEL classification: J31, F11

Author: Robert Z. Lawrence

International trade has had some impact on relative industry wages, but cannot explain widening wage differentials by education, skill, or occupation. Likewise, the slow growth of average wages during the 1980s cannot be explained by international trade.

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