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The role of technology in determining skilled employment: an economywide approach


  • Patrick Laplagne

    (Productivity Commission)

  • Peter Marshall

    (Productivity Commission)

  • Susan Stone

    (Productivity Commission)


This paper compares the role of technological change with that of trade in explaining the increased demand for skilled workers. The paper shows technology has played the dominant role in changing employment patterns in Australia. The finding is consistent across industries, including those having experienced increased import competition. Rising capital intensity of production has also promoted the employment of more highly skilled workers.

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  • Patrick Laplagne & Peter Marshall & Susan Stone, 2001. "The role of technology in determining skilled employment: an economywide approach," Labor and Demography 0108001, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0108001
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    1. Tyers, Rod & Duncan, Ron, 1999. "Trade, Technology and Labor Markets: General Equilibrium Perspectives," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 14, pages 226-264.
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    technology - skilled employment - skilled labour - wages - employment - trade;

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    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth

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