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Technical Change, Heterogeneity in Skill Demand, and Employment Polarization

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Authors
Kim, Sung-min; Hwang, Jin-tae
Issue Date
2013-07
Publisher
Institute of Economic Research, Seoul National University
Citation
Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol.26 No.3, pp. 361-381
Keywords
ComputerizationSkill DemandPolarization
Abstract
We explore how the rapid adoption of computer-related assets affects the recent polarization of employment in the U.S. labor market, which is inconsistent with the skill-biased technological change hypothesis. Similar to Goos and Manning (2007), we show that the job polarization could be explained by the routinization hypothesisof Autor, Levy, and Murnane (2003). Our empirical analyses confirm that the newly adopted computer-related capitals change the demands

for three types of skilled workers heterogeneously, leading to a polarization

in employment structure.
ISSN
1225-0279
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/83336
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College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학)Institute of Economics Research (경제연구소)Seoul Journal of EconomicsSeoul Journal of Economics vol.26 no.1~4 (2013)
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