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Factor Price Equality and the Economies of the United States


We develop a methodology for identifying departures from relative factor price equality across regions that is valid under general assumptions about production, markets and factors. Application of this methodology to the United States reveals substantial and increasing deviations in relative skilled wages across labor markets in both 1972 and 1992. These deviations vary systematically with labor markets industry structure both in cross section and over time.


Andrew B. Bernard, Stephen Redding and Peter K. Schott

July 2005     Paper Number CEPDP0696

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