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Unemployment Responses to 'Skill-Biased' Technology Shocks: The Role of Labour Market Policy

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  • Mortensen, Dale T
  • Pissarides, Christopher A

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Do skill-biased shocks that increase the spread of labor productivities, interacting with different policy regimes, explain the rise in unemployment in Europe relative to the United States in the 1980s and 1990s? The hypothesis is an implication of a version of the Mortensen and Pissarides (1994) model of equilibrium unemployment which allows for worker heterogeneity. A calibrated version of the model implies that a similar unemployment increase would have occurred in the United States over this period, given changes in relative productivity by education implied by observed wage changes, had unemployment compensation and employment protection policies been at European levels.

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  • Mortensen, Dale T & Pissarides, Christopher A, 1999. "Unemployment Responses to 'Skill-Biased' Technology Shocks: The Role of Labour Market Policy," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 109(455), pages 242-265, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:109:y:1999:i:455:p:242-65
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