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Skill-Biased Technological Change in Denmark: A Disaggregate Perspective

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  • Malchow-Møller, Nikolaj

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    (University of Southern Denmark)

  • Skaksen, Jan Rose

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    (Copenhagen Business School)

Abstract

In this paper, we provide an industry-level analysis of skill-biased technological change (SBTC) in Denmark over the last two decades. The analysis shows that SBTC has varied considerably across industries, and traditionally large Danish industries have experienced relatively less SBTC. This may partly explain why wage inequality between skilled and less skilled has risen less in Denmark than in other countries. We also find that SBTC has been concentrated in already skill-intensive industries. This contains important information about future labour requirements, as the relative importance of these industries must be expected to grow, thereby reinforcing the shift in demand for skilled labour.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 752.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2003
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Publication status: published as 'Changes in Demand for Skilled Labour in Denmark - A Disaggregate Perspective' in: Nationaløkonomisk Tidsskrift / Danish Journal of Economics, 2004, 142 (1), 67 - 80
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp752

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  1. Eli Berman & John Bound & Stephen Machin, 1997. "Implications of Skill-Biased Technological Change: International Evidence," Boston University - Institute for Economic Development 78, Boston University, Institute for Economic Development.
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