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Co-movement of skill premium and stock prices

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  • Gangopadhyay, Kausik

    () (Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode)

  • Nishimura, Atsushi

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  • Pal, Rupayan

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

Abstract

We examine the empirical phenomenon of co-movement of skill premium and share prices by appealing to the techniques of cointegration. The US data (1984--2010) reveals that stock prices and skill premium are cointegrated indicating a long run relationship. We carry out a further investigation into panel data of six OECD countries (1984--2005). The stock price and the skill premium are found to be cointegrated in this panel data, too. We posit that the co-movement of skill premium and stock prices is driven by unexpected technological progress. Building on a three sector model of endogenous growth through Schumpeterian creative destruction a la Aghion and Howitt (1992, Econometrica: 60(2)), we reconcile these two apparently different ideas in a single model. Our model demonstrates that technological revolution can lead to rise in both skill premium and stock price at the same time. We calibrate our model based on the US data and find that a large part of the change, quantitatively speaking, is explained by our model.

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  • Gangopadhyay, Kausik & Nishimura, Atsushi & Pal, Rupayan, 2012. "Co-movement of skill premium and stock prices," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2012-024, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
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    Keywords

    Technological revolution; drastic innovation; skill premium; stock prices;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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