Brookings Trade Forum: 2006

Global Labor Markets?

An important feature of globalization is the increasing cross-national integration of labor markets. Yet there is little consensus on the implications of that integration, or the costs and benefits for the many very different groups involved. While there is agreement—at least among most economists—that there are likely to be aggregate gains from increased integration, it is clear that there are losers as well as winnder in both developed and developing countries.

The ninth issue of the Brookings Trade Forum brings together some of the foremost experts on migration, representing diverse perspectives and backgrounds.


Editors' Summary (Full Text - PDF)

Boom Towns and Ghost Countries: Geography, Agglomeration, and Population Mobility (Abstract - PDF)
Lant Pritchett

Global Wage Differences and International Student Flows (Abstract - PDF)
Mark R. Rosenzweig

Wages Dynamics and Economic Development (Abstract - PDF)
Andrew M. Warner

What's Wrong with Plan B? International Migration as an Alternative to Development Assistance (Abstract - PDF)
Devesh Kapur and John McHale

For Better or for Worse? Job and Earnings Mobility in Nine Middle- and Low-Income Countries (Abstract - PDF)
Suzanne Duryea, Gustavo Marquéz, Carmen Pagés, and Stefano Scarpetta

Panel Discussion—Global Labor Markets: Issues and Implications

Globalization of Labor Markets and Inequality (Abstract - PDF)
Michael Kremer

Migration: Who Gains, Who Loses (Abstract - PDF)
Arvind Panagariya

Do Open Borders Produce Greater Happiness? An Underanalyzed Question (Abstract - PDF)
Isabel Sawhill