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A Historical Approach to American Skill Differentials

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  • Garcia Cervero, S.

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This paper studies the evolution of three historical time series on skill premiums in the United States during the major part of the 19th and 2oth century. A descriptive analysis leads us to asses the existence of a systematic relation between the series and the inflation rate, pointing towards the presence of a strong rigidity in the wages of skilled workers.

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  • Garcia Cervero, S., 1997. "A Historical Approach to American Skill Differentials," Economics Working Papers eco97/25, European University Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:eui:euiwps:eco97/25
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    Keywords

    TIME SERIES ; LABOUR MARKET ; HISTORICAL ANALYSIS;

    JEL classification:

    • C20 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - General
    • N31 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative

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