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Skill Composition: Exploring a Wage-based Skill Measure

  • Øivind A. Nilsen
  • Arvid Raknerud
  • Marina Rybalka
  • Terje Skjerpen

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    (Statistics Norway)

Most studies of heterogeneous labor inputs use classifications of high skilled and low skilled based on workers' educational attainment. In this study we explore a wage-based skill measure using information from a wage equation. Evidence from matched employer--employee data show that skill is attributable to many variables other than educational length, for instance experience and type of education. Applying our wage-based skill measure to a TFP growth analysis, we find that the TFP residual decreases, indicating that more of the change in value-added is picked up by our skill measure than when using a purely education-based measure of skill

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