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Wage inequality, tasks and occupations

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  • Carol A. Scotese

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    (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

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This paper assesses the relationship between occupation attributes and changes in wage inequality finding partial support for the computerization hypothesis. While wages associated with non-routine cognitive tasks have risen; current versions of the hypothesis cannot explain the pattern of within occupation wage changes, the differential impact of various types of non-routine cognitive tasks and the declining return to tasks that complement machines. Despite significant employment shifts, occupational composition alone matters little for changes in wage inequality. Changes in wage dispersion within occupations are quantitatively just as important as wage changes between occupations for explaining wage inequality between 1980 and 2000.

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Paper provided by VCU School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1201.

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Length: 69 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:vcu:wpaper:1201

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Keywords: wage inequality; computerization; skill; tasks;

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  1. Daron Acemoglu & David Autor, 2010. "Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earnings," NBER Working Papers 16082, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. David H. Autor & David Dorn, 2013. "The Growth of Low-Skill Service Jobs and the Polarization of the US Labor Market," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 103(5), pages 1553-97, August.
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