Recipients of PSC Small Grant Awards

Regional Labor Market Effects of Trade Policy: Evidence from Brazilian Liberalization

Brian Kovak

Brian Kovak

This research quantifies the effects of trade liberalization on local labor market outcomes and workers’ migration patterns in the context of Brazil’s 1987-1995 trade liberalization. Findings indicate that regions whose output faced a 10% larger liberalization-induced price decline experienced a 7% larger wage decline. In addition, liberalization resulted in a substantial shift in migration patterns. The most affected Brazilian states gained or lost approximately 2% of their populations as a result of liberalization-induced shifts in migration patterns. These results represent the first systematic evaluation of the effects of liberalization on internal migration.

Funding Source: Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship

Funding Period: 09/01/2008 to 12/31/2009

International Focus: Brazil