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Is the Proportion of College Workers in 'Non-College' Jobs Increasing?

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  • Peter Gottschalk

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    (Boston College)

  • Michael Hansen

    (Center for Naval Analysis)

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This paper explores the claim that college educated workers are increasingly likely to be in "non-college" occupations. We provide a conceptual framework which gives analytical content to the previously vague distinction between college and non-college jobs. This framework is used to show that skill bias technological change will to lead to a decline in the proportion of college workers in non-college jobs. This prediction is supported by the data.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 429.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 10 Sep 1999
Date of revision: 20 Feb 2001
Publication status: Published, Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 21(2), pages 409-448, April
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:429

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  1. Peter Gottschalk, 1997. "Inequality, Income Growth, and Mobility: The Basic Facts," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 11(2), pages 21-40, Spring.
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  3. Rubart, Jens, 2006. "Heterogeneous Labor, Labor Market Frictions and Employment Effects of Technological Change. Theory and Empirical Evidence for the U.S. and Europe," Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics 36783, Darmstadt Technical University, Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law, Institute of Economics (VWL).
  4. Runli Xie, 2008. "Skill Specific Unemployment with Imperfect Substitution of Skills," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2008-024, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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  8. Korpi, Tomas & Tåhlin, Michael, 2007. "Educational mismatch, wages, and wage growth: Overeducation in Sweden, 1974-2000," Working Paper Series 10/2007, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
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  11. Cardoso, Ana Rute, 2004. "Jobs for Young University Graduates: Is It Worth Having a Degree?," IZA Discussion Papers 1311, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  12. Giacomo DeGiorgi, 2008. "Be As Careful Of The Company You Keep As Of The Books You Read. Peer Effects In Education And On The Labor Market," Discussion Papers 07-054, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
  13. Summerfield, Fraser, 2014. "Labor Market Conditions, Skill Requirements and Education Mismatch," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2014-19, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 28 Apr 2014.
  14. Hynninen, Sanna-Mari, 2009. "Is there a wage curve for the highly educated?," ISER Working Paper Series 2009-17, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  15. Barbara Pertold-Gebicka, 2010. "Measuring Skill Intensity of Occupations with Imperfect Substitutability Across Skill Types," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp421, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.

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