Services Trade and Labour Market Outcomes: Evidence from Italian Firms

43 Pages Posted: 21 May 2020

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Omar Bamieh

University of Vienna

Francesco Bripi

Bank of Italy

Matteo Fiorini

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Date Written: May 2020

Abstract

The paper investigates the relationship between services trade performance and employment characteristics in Italian firms. Our analysis is at the micro level and descriptive in nature. We merge micro data on services trade transactions with employment and wage variables at the level of the firm. We find that firms engaged in services trade tend to employ a larger share of managers and white collars and to pay higher average wages. They also exhibit systematically smaller shares of blue collars in their employment structure. These patterns hold qualitatively across all main sectors of firms' affiliation and across sectors of traded services. We find a strong and positive association between services exports and/or imports and total employment. Regression analysis confirms this last finding and shows it is robust to controlling for various confounding heterogeneity.

Keywords: Services trade; Employment; Firm-level data; Italy

JEL Classification: : F14; F16

Suggested Citation

Bamieh, Omar and Bripi, Francesco and Fiorini, Matteo, Services Trade and Labour Market Outcomes: Evidence from Italian Firms (May 2020). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2020/39, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3607150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3607150

Omar Bamieh (Contact Author)

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Bank of Italy ( email )

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Matteo Fiorini

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