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Skilled Labour and International Specialisation in OECD Countries

  • Lars Lundberg
  • Par Wiker
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    Human capital and skilled labour are likely to become increasingly important determinants of industrial localisation. This paper calculates the factor content—the services of skilled labour, classified by level of education, embodied in trade in manufactures—for a sample of OECD countries in 1970-85. USA and Japan show a strong 'revealed comparative advantage' in human capital intensive production. In general, OECD countries where highly educated labour is abundant tend to specialise in and export skill intensive goods. Changes in the ranking with respect to specialisation in skill intensive goods, in particular the strong improvement of Japans' position, seem to be linked to different rates of accumulation of human capital.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Review of Applied Economics.

    Volume (Year): 11 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 369-385

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