Skill Supply and Biased Technical Change

Posted: 7 Mar 2008

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Patricia Crifo

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie; Université Paris X Nanterre - Department of Economics; Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Abstract

This article contributes to the debate on skill-biased technical change by studying the dynamics of skill supply and wage inequality in an endogenous growth model with ability-biased technical progress. Due to a discouragement effect, rising within groups inequality reduces incentives to become educated for ordinaryability workers. This mechanism generates a non-monotonic relationship between the growth rate and skill supply driving wage inequality upward during periods of accelerating technical change. This theoretical explanation is consistent with the apparent ambiguous relationship between the relative skill supply and inequality in the last decades in several OECD countries.

Keywords: Wage Inequality, Biased Technical Change, Skill Supply, Innovation-Driven Growth

JEL Classification: J31, O31, O41

Suggested Citation

Crifo, Patricia, Skill Supply and Biased Technical Change. Labour Economics, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103051

Patricia Crifo (Contact Author)

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie ( email )

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