Trade openness effects on informality and the real exchange rate channel

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The theoretical frameworks that explain the impact of trade openness on informal employment suggest an ambiguous effect. This has been verified in a few countries, based solely on microeconometric evidence. This study contributes to the literature by specifying a macroeconometric relationship for a panel of 17 Latin American countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-510
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 30 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: I am grateful for the support of the R4D project on Employment funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Development Cooperation. I thank Omar Alburqueque-Chávez for the excellent research assistance.

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  • Trade openness
  • Informal employment
  • Real exchange rate


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