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The Rise of Services: the Role of Skills, Scale, and Female Labor Supply

  • Francisco J. Buera
  • Joseph P. Kaboski
  • Min Qiang Zhao

This paper quantifies the roles of increases in the demand for skill-intensive output, the efficient scale of service production, and female labor supply in the growth of services. We extend the Buera and Kaboski (2012a,b) model to a two-person household, incorporating a joint decision on home and market production, and allow for skill and sectoral biased technology progress. The rising scale of services, the rising demand for skill-intensive output, and skill-biased technical change all play dominant roles. Furthermore, the extended model explains the majority of the increase in female labor supply, which also plays a role in services growth.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 19372.

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Date of creation: Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19372
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