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Explaining the fall of the skill wage premium in Spain

  • Florentino Felgueroso
  • Manuel Hidalgo
  • SergiJiménez Martín

The main purpose of this work is to document the driven forces of the fall in the wage skill premium (WSP) in Spain in the last two decades. We show that the increase of occupational mismatch helps to explain the downward trend in university returns since the mid-80s. In the second part of the 90s and during the last decade, the decrease of labor market experience and firm tenure among well-matched workers, due to the extensive use of temporary contracts, also contributes to explain the fall of the WSP.

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Paper provided by FEDEA in its series Working Papers with number 2010-19.

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Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaddt:2010-19
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  1. Michele Boldrin & Sergi Jimenez-Martin & Franco Peracchi, 1999. "Social Security and Retirement in Spain," NBER Chapters, in: Social Security and Retirement around the World, pages 305-353 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Javier Ruiz-Castillo, 2007. "La medición de la desigualdad de la renta: una revisión de la literatura," Documentos de Trabajo de Economía de20070222, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía.
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