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Contribution of ICT on Labor Market Polarization: an Evolutionary Approach

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  • Benjamin David

This paper analyses the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on the job market polarization. We rely on an evolutionary framework by applying a “distance from mean approach”. Using data for 8 industrialized economies, we account for probable heterogeneous and timevarying effects through the estimation of a semi parametric smooth coefficient model. Our results show a significant contribution of ICT on polarization dynamics with some differences between countries and industries. We also find evidence that diffusion of ICT is initially accompanied by a Skill Bias Technological Change (SBTC), then contributing to job market polarization. Finally, our findings highlight a progressive weakening of the positive link between ICT diffusion and the increasing demand for high-skilled workers over time.

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Paper provided by University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX in its series EconomiX Working Papers with number 2014-25.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2014
Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2014-25
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