Publication Date

January 2004

Publication Details

Jayanthakumaran, K, An Empirical Assessment of the Impact of Inter-Industry Trade on Employment: Australia 1989/90–2000/01, Working Paper 04-11, Department of Economics, University of Wollongong, 2004.


This paper investigates dynamic aspects of labour market adjustment in Australia during 1989/90 and 2000/01 due to extensive trade reforms and associated developments in intra-industry trade. In view of the foregoing, it was hypothesised that trade reforms have had a positive impact on employment to the extent that trade flows are intra-industry. We do find that declining protection over this period is associated with increased employment to the extent that trade flows are intraindustry.