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Skill Mismatch and Unemployment in OECD Countries


  • Manacorda, Marco
  • Petrongolo, Barbara


This paper uses evidence on employment, labor force, and wage differentials by education from OECD countries to investigate the characteristics and the consequences of a skill-biased shift in the structure of labor demand and supply. The empirical analysis shows that there has been some increase in skill mismatch in a few OECD countries over the past two decades but this has not been a generalized phenomenon. Moreover, the rise in mismatch cannot explain much of the rise in unemployment in continental Europe, while it does explain a significant proportion of the increase in the rate of joblessness in Britain. Copyright 1999 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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  • Manacorda, Marco & Petrongolo, Barbara, 1999. "Skill Mismatch and Unemployment in OECD Countries," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 66(262), pages 181-207, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:66:y:1999:i:262:p:181-207

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