Tasks and Heterogeneous Human Capital
McMaster University - Department of Economics
May 10, 2011
This paper proposes a new approach to modeling heterogeneous human capital using task data from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The key feature of the model is that it departs from the Roy model, which treats occupations as distinct categories, and conceives of occupa-tions as bundles of tasks. The advantages of this approach are that it can accommodate many occupations without computational burden and provide a clear interpretation as to how and why skills are differently rewarded across occupations. The model is structurally estimated by the Kalman filter using the NLSY79.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 55
Keywords: Roy Model, Task Approach, Human Capital, Occupational Choice, Kalman Filter, Structural Estimation
JEL Classification: J24, J32working papers series
Date posted: April 9, 2009 ; Last revised: May 13, 2011
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