Imported intermediate inputs, absorptive capacity and wage

Xi Chen, STATEC (Luxembourg statistical office)

Over the past decade international trade contributed significantly to economic growth at the global level. However, effects of globalization at the local level are highly contested. Much of the public concern about globalization in developed countries relates to labor issues. Therefore, this research project considers the link between the trade openness and labor market outcomes as the main subject of interest. In particular, this research contributes to the literature by focusing on the impact of trade in intermediate inputs. The theoretical framework of this research is based on a general equilibrium model with monopolistic competition that incorporates three key features: heterogeneous firms, production with imported inputs and wage dispersion. This project also investigates the effect of imports on empirical front using firm-level data.

About the speaker
Xi CHEN has joined the research division of STATEC (Luxembourg statistical office) since 2013. He holds a PhD degree in economics from the University of Strasbourg. Currently, he receives a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). His primary research focuses on production theory, labor market, and international trade.

Venue: Conference room (room 0.16 & 0.17)

Date: 20 October 2016

Time: 12:00 - 13:00