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Title: International Competitiveness: is the reduction of wages a solution? An evaluation of the Portuguese case
Authors: Vaz, Elsa Cristina
Fontoura, Maria Paula
Keywords: Competitiveness
Stability and Growth Pact
General Equilibrium Model
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Citation: Vaz, E., M.P. Fontoura (2013), "International Competitiveness: is the reduction of wages a solution? An evaluation of the Portuguese case", 7th Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Economic Journal, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, 8 e 9/07/2013
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyse, in the case of Portugal, the effectiveness of a wage reduction - a current proposal since 2011 to help the country to reverse the high public and external debts - in promoting the efficiency and the international competitiveness of the economy. A static multi-sectoral and single-country general equilibrium model will be used with data from GTAP7 Data Base. The model allows to measure changes by sector. The simulations performed show that extending the reduction of wages already deployed by the government in the public sector to the private one leads to a positive impact on employment (both skilled and unskilled labour), production and volume of exports in all sectors except those that are R&D intensive, characterized by a low weight in the Portuguese economy. However it is possible that the positive results in terms of external competitiveness are not sustainable as the impact on productivity is negative, albeit small, for most sectors. There is also reason for concern regarding the observed deterioration of the trade balance of most sectors, the exception being the traditional labour intensive sectors that show good prospects in this respect.
Type: lecture
Appears in Collections:CEFAGE - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais

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