Saturday, June 16, 2007

Jayadev: Capital Account Openness and the Labour Share of Income

This looks to be an interesting paper:
"This paper investigates the relationship between capital account openness and the share of labour in national income. Employing a new index of financial openness and a cross-country panel of labour shares available from the United Nations System of National Accounts, the author shows a robust negative correlation between the degree of openness and the labour share. Although this effect is not present for low income countries, the direct negative relationship holds for all other subsamples and in the presence of a variety of controls. A plausible explanation is that openness alters the conditions of bargaining between labour and capital. By increasing the bargaining strength of capital vis-a-vis labour, increased capital mobility raises rents accruing to capital. Thus, capital account openness may reduce labour's share of income in the firm, and thereby, at an economy-wide level, its share of national output." - Arjun Jayadev (2007). "Capital Account Openness and the Labour Share of Income", Cambridge Journal of Economics, V. 31: 423-443
My favorite comment in the TPM Cafe discussion the other week:
"So if I pick up a copy of the Cambridge Journal of Economics or the Eastern Economic Journal, I can expect to find higher-quality work than in the AER?" -- Ragout

5 comments:

YouNotSneaky! said...

I think this is a nongated version of the paper. At least it looks similar;

http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/chapter_2.pdf

Gabriel said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Robert Vienneau said...

That article is clearly related. I don't think it is identical, though, to the CJE article.

YouNotSneaky! said...

Yeah, but I can't access most of the journals you usually cite so sometimes it's good to have the second best.

123 123 said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.