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The Growth and Valuation of Generic Skills

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  • Andy Dickerson

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  • Francis Green

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Using a method for measuring job skills derived from survey data on detailed work activities, we show that between 1997 and 2001 there was a growth in Britain in the utilisation of computing skills, literacy, numeracy, technical know-how, high level communication skills, planning skills, client communication skills, horizontal communication skills, problem-solving and checking skills. Computer skills and high-level communication skills carry positive wage premia, as shown both in cross-section hedonic wage equations and through a within-cohorts change analysis. No part of the gender pay gap can be accounted for by differences in levels of generic skills between men and women.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0203.

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Date of creation: May 2002
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