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The Supply of Skilled Labour and Skill-Biased Technological Progress

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  • Kiley, Michael T

This paper presents a model in which the adoption of skill-biased or "unskilled-biased" technologies is endogenous. In this model of endogenous technology choice, an increase in the supply of skilled labour leads to a temporary fall in the skill premium, followed by an expanding gap between the wages of skilled and unskilled workers as technologies adjust towards the more skill-intensive mix appropriate for the greater skill of the workforce. The adjustment in the technology mix results in slower output growth along the transition path.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 109 (1999)
Issue (Month): 458 (October)
Pages: 708-724

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:109:y:1999:i:458:p:708-24
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