Formation of Heterogeneous Skills and Wage Growth
This paper examines how primitive skills associated with occupations are formed and rewarded in the labor market over the careers of men. The objective task complexity measurement from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles enables a more direct look into the primitive skills of workers. I show that the optimal choice of task complexity is a linear function of unobserved skills, worker characteristics, and preference shocks, which implies that the observed task complexity is a noisy signal of underlying skills. Using career histories from the NLSY79, the growth of cognitive and motor skills as well as structural parameters are estimated by the Kalman filter. The results indicate that both cognitive and motor skills account for a considerable amount of cross-sectional wage variation. I also find that cognitive skills grow over careers and are the main source of wage growth; this pattern is particularly pronounced for the highly educated. In contrast, motor skills grow and contribute to wage growth substantially only for high school dropouts.
|Date of creation:||Sep 2009|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4M4|
Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22765
Fax: (905) 521-8232
Web page: http://www.economics.mcmaster.ca/
More information through EDIRC
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Sullivan, Paul, 2006.
"Estimation of an Occupational Choice Model when Occupations are Misclassified,"
862, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Paul Sullivan, 2009. "Estimation of an Occupational Choice Model when Occupations are Misclassified," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 44(2).
- Robert H. Topel & Michael P. Ward, 1992. "Job Mobility and the Careers of Young Men," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 107(2), pages 439-479.
- Parent, Daniel, 2000. "Industry-Specific Capital and the Wage Profile: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 18(2), pages 306-23, April.
- Maxim Poletaev & Chris Robinson, 2008.
"Human Capital Specificity: Evidence from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and Displaced Worker Surveys 1984-2000,"
University of Western Ontario, Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP) Working Papers
20083, University of Western Ontario, Centre for Human Capital and Productivity (CHCP).
- Maxim Poletaev & Chris Robinson, 2008. "Human Capital Specificity: Evidence from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and Displaced Worker Surveys, 1984-2000," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 26(3), pages 387-420, 07.
- Sullivan, Paul, 2010.
"Empirical evidence on occupation and industry specific human capital,"
Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 567-580, June.
- Sullivan, Paul, 2006. "Empirical Evidence on Occupation and Industry Specific Human Capital," MPRA Paper 863, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Uta SchÃ¶nberg, 2007. "Wage Growth Due to Human Capital Accumulation and Job Search: A Comparison between the United States and Germany," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 60(4), pages 562-586, July.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mcm:deptwp:2009-13. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ()
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.