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Can skill-biased technological change compress unemployment rate differentials across education groups?

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  • Bruno Decreuse

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    (GREQAM Université de la Méditerranée 2, rue de la charité, 13002 Marseille, France)

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Our aim is to explain why the pattern of relative unemployment rates by education groups was non monotonic in most of the OECD countries. In a two-sector matching model, a simple unexpected productivity shock biased against unskilled labor can replicate the observed dynamics. Demographic effects of skill-biased shocks can be related to inequality in the distribution of wealth.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 651-667

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:14:y:2001:i:4:p:651-667

Note: Received: 27 April 1999/Accepted: 08 June 2000
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Keywords: Education duration; matching unemployment; demographic effects of technological change;

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