Arpita Chatterjee is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Economics at the University of New South Wales. She joined the department in October 2010 after completing her Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton University in August 2010. Arpita’s primary area of research is international economics. Her recent research has studied labour market implications of trade liberalisation in developing countries. Her past work has focused on the heterogeneous response of firms to exchange rate shocks and optimal domestic policies to build endogenous comparative advantage in the open economy. Her work has been published in top journals such as the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
Trade liberalisation and intergenerational occupational mobility in urban India
18 Apr 2016
While the trade reforms of the 90s led to a rapid increase in trade in India, there are concerns regarding the likely impact of the reforms on inequality. This column shows that innovation induced by international trade led to an increase in the employment share of high-skill occupations, which in turn, allowed an increasing number of sons from underprivileged backgrounds to enter better occupations than their respective fathers.
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