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Skill-biased technological change: Is there hope for the unskilled?

  • Weiss, Matthias

This paper presents a model in which perpetual skill-biased technological change does not lead to ever-increasing wage inequality. The model is consistent with the increase in wage inequality in the 1980s and the subsequent stabilization in the 1990s.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 100 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 439-441

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:100:y:2008:i:3:p:439-441
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