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The Rise of the Service Economy

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  • Francisco J. Buera
  • Joseph P. Kaboski

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This paper analyzes the role of specialized high-skilled labor in the disproportionate growth of the service sector. Empirically, the importance of skill-intensive services has risen during a period of increasing relative wages and quantities of high-skilled labor. We develop a theory in which demand shifts toward more skill- intensive output as productivity rises, increasing the importance of market services relative to home production. Consistent with the data, the theory predicts a rising level of skill, skill premium, and relative price of services that is linked to this skill premium. (JEL J24, L80, L90)

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Volume (Year): 102 (2012)
Issue (Month): 6 (October)
Pages: 2540-69

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:102:y:2012:i:6:p:2540-69

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