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Neutral technological change and the skill premium

  • Moutos, Thomas

We construct a two sector general equilibrium model in which one sector produces a homogeneous good and the other sector produces a vertically differentiated good. We demonstrate that uniform (across sectors) and (Hicks) neutral technological change can cause an increase in the skill premium.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 69 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 365-370

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