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Technology and changes in skill structure: Evidence from seven OECD countries

Machin, S; Van Reenen, J; (1998) Technology and changes in skill structure: Evidence from seven OECD countries. Q J ECON , 113 (4) 1215 - 1244. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper compares the changing skill structure of wage bills and employment in the United States with six other OECD countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). We investigate whether a directly observed measure of technical change (R&D intensity) is closely linked to the growth in the importance of more highly skilled workers which has occurred in all countries. Evidence of a significant association between skill upgrading and R&D intensity is uncovered in all seven countries. These results provide evidence that skill-biased technical change is an international phenomenon that has had a clear effect of increasing the relative demand for skilled workers.

Type: Article
Title: Technology and changes in skill structure: Evidence from seven OECD countries
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: INEQUALITY, DEMAND, WAGES
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/16915
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