Economic Integration Across Latin America: Evidence from Labour Markets, 1990–2013

19 Pages Posted: 10 May 2018

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Daniel Lederman

World Bank - Latin America and Caribbean Region

Raymond Robertson

Texas A&M University

Date Written: May 2018

Abstract

Combining macroeconomic and microeconomic data and three indicators of international market integration, this paper assesses the degree to which Latin American labour markets are integrated. The results suggest that relative to East Asia, Latin American labour markets are somewhat more integrated, but considerable differences across countries persist. In addition, the evidence indicates that the degree of labour market integration across Latin American borders is significantly less than that of labour markets within the United States in two of the three indicators. These differences may suggest opportunities for efficiency gains from further labour market integration.

Keywords: integration, labour markets, Latin America

Suggested Citation

Lederman, Daniel and Robertson, Raymond, Economic Integration Across Latin America: Evidence from Labour Markets, 1990–2013 (May 2018). The World Economy, Vol. 41, Issue 5, pp. 1269-1287, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3175645 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12610

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