Globalization and labor market integration in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Asia

Gregg Huff, Giovanni Caggiano

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Abstract

This chapter uses new data sets to analyze labor market integration between 1882 and 1936 in an area of Asia stretching from South India to Southeastern China and encompassing the three Southeast Asian countries of Burma, Malaya, and Thailand. We find that by the late nineteenth century, globalization, of which a principal feature was the mass migration of Indians and Chinese to Southeast Asia, gave rise to both an integrated Asian labor market and a period of real wage convergence. Integration did not, however, extend beyond Asia to include core industrial countries. Asian and core areas, in contrast to globally integrated commodity markets, showed divergent trends in unskilled real wages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Economic History
Pages285-347
Number of pages63
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameResearch in Economic History
Volume25
ISSN (Print)03633268

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Huff, G., & Caggiano, G. (2007). Globalization and labor market integration in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Asia. In Research in Economic History (Vol. 25, pp. 285-347). (Research in Economic History; Vol. 25). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0363-3268(07)25006-2