This volume investigates the links between employment, trade and structural transformation. In the context of global rebalancing, accompanied by inevitable changes in trade patterns between Asia and the rest of the world, the volume’s chapters analyze the links between trade openness and trends in employment and its quality. Specifically, through Asian case studies (both analytical and econometric), the volume examines how trade and export-led growth models have led to specialization and evolving demands on various types of labor. The rapidly changing labor market contours in developing Asia during this era of globalization, along with the new context resulting from the recent global financial crisis and new insights from theoretical literature, have led to the need for such studies. This volume helps fill this gap in the literature.
1. Introduction, Niny Khor and Devashish Mitra Trade, Structural Changes, and Quality of Employment 2. Trade, Growth, and Structural Changes in Employment in Developing Asia, John Gilbert 3. Trade and the Quality of Employment, Robert Flanagan and Niny Khor 4. Competition, Labor Intensity and Specialization: Structural Changes in Post-crisis Asia, Yothin Jinjarak and Kanda Naknoi 5. Labor Market Institutions, Paul Vandenberg and Moritz Meyer Country Case Studies 6. Exports and Employment in the PRC, Cai Fang and Du Yang 7. Trade and Employment in Hong Kong: Towards a Service Economy, James Vere 8. Indonesia: Dynamics of Trade and Employment, Haryo Aswicahyono, Douglas H. Brooks, and Christopher Manning 9. Trade, Labor Market Institutions and the Pressure on Labor Markets: The Case of Korean Manufacturing, Devashish Mitra and Jeongeun Shin 10. Foreign Labor in Malaysian Manufacturing: Trends, Patterns and Implications for Domestic Wages, Premachandra Athukorala and Evelyn S. Devadason