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Skill and support to globalization in the EU

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DOI:  10.1080/13504850600592416
  • Economics


Are individuals' attitudes towards globalization consistent with the predictions of the Heckscher-Ohlin (HO) theory? Using newly available data from the Flash Eurobarometer 151b of the European Commission, we find that globalization preferences are significantly and robustly correlated with an individual's relative level of human capital, consistent with the HO theory. The impact of skill on globalization preferences is positive in skill-abundant EU countries and strongly negative in EU countries that are well-endowed with low-skill labour. This study is the first to find a robust and significant negative association between skill and support to globalization in low-skill-abundant countries.

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