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The polarization of job opportunities in the U.S. labor market: implications for employment and earnings


  • David H. Autor


An in-depth analysis of the state of the U.S. labor market over the past three decades reveals that the U.S. labor market is polarizing into low- and high-skill jobs, with fewer opportunities in the middle.

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  • David H. Autor, 2011. "The polarization of job opportunities in the U.S. labor market: implications for employment and earnings," Community Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue Fall, pages 11-16,40-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfci:y:2011:i:fall:p:11-1640-41:n:v.23,no.2

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    1. Raven Molloy & Christopher L. Smith & Riccardo Trezzi & Abigail Wozniak, 2016. "Understanding Declining Fluidity in the U.S. Labor Market," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 47(1 (Spring), pages 183-259.
    2. David Neumark, 2016. "Policy levers to increase jobs and increase income from work after the Great Recession," IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-38, December.

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