IMRC presents Kathy Kopinak

“The Contribution of Export Processing Wages to Migration from Mexicao to the United States and from Morocco to Spain”

November 15 at 12:30, a lunchtime lecture at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, room 142kathykopinak

Export industries, called Maquiladoras or maquilas in Mexico, are the result of regionalized and globalized economies, in which industries move to reduce their costs. The focus of this presentation is the distinct impact that characteristics of export processing industries (mainly wages) and borders have on emigration. Although it is widely agreed that cheap wages are a fundamental cause of industrial relocation from a company’s point of view, much less is known about how employees perceive and respond to such wages. We draw on several distinctions Marx made among different kinds or aspects of wages and also concepts from the new economics of labour migration, which rejects the idea that income is a homogeneous good. We show how several different types of wages are important in considerations of emigration: nominal, real, indirect, relative and source of income. In focusing on how distinct borders affect emigration, we take into account the impact that the state in different jurisdictions has on wages and geography.

Room 142, Balsillie School of International Affairs
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo ON N2L 6C2