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GTAP Resource #1387

"Elasticity of Substitution and Disaggregation of Labor by Skill Level: Empirical Measurement Using a Global Database "
by Das, Gouranga

The 45 region ´ 50 commodity ´ 5 primary factor version of the Global Trade Analysis Project's [GTAP] database provides us with the splits of total labor payments into skilled and unskilled labor-presupposing substitution possibilities between them. Given the skilled labor payment shares of the GTAP database, we offer an ex post rationalization within a production-theoretic framework. This relies on inter-regional covariation in the GTAP shares and in measures of educational attainment. Adoption of a suitable nesting of skilled-unskilled labor in GTAP's production function enables us to derive a 'reasonable' value for the (implicit) substitution elasticity between skilled-unskilled labors.

JEL Classification: J24,J31,O15

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Category: GTAP Application
Status: Published
By/In: Applied Econometrics and International Development, By Euro-American Association of Economic Development
Date: 2003
Version: Vol 3(1)
Created: Das, G. (11/21/2003)
Updated: Dimaranan, B. (11/26/2003)
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