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Lousy and Lovely Jobs: the Rising Polarization of Work in Britain

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  • Maarten Goos
  • Alan Manning

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This paper argues that skill-biased technical change has some deficiencies as a hypothesis about the impact of technology on the labor market and that a more nuanced view recently proposed by Autor, Levy and Murnane (2003) is a more accurate description. The difference between the two hypotheses is in the prediction about what is happening to employment in low-wage jobs. This paper presents evidence that employment in the UK is polarizing into lovely and lousy jobs and that a plausible explanation for this is the Autor, Levy and Murnane hypothesis.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0604.

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    by Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship at University of Oxford in The Conversation on 2013-08-15 05:40:24
  3. Rather than protecting the UK labour market, the clampdown on immigration may be compelling citizens to take on lower quality work
    by Blog Admin in British Politics and Policy at LSE on 2013-08-22 07:00:46
  4. Machines on the march threaten almost half of modern jobs
    by Carl Frey, James Martin Research Fellow at University of Oxford in The Conversation on 2013-09-23 05:38:39
  5. Improving technology now means that nearly 50 percent of occupations in the US are under threat of computerisation
    by Blog Admin in British Politics and Policy at LSE on 2013-10-05 17:00:06
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