Ability Biased Technological Transition, Wage Inequality and Growth

Posted: 14 Nov 2000

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Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Omer Moav

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

This paper develops a growth model in which the endogenous evolution of technological progress and wage inequality is consistent with the observed pattern in the United States and several European economies in the last two centuries. The model accounts for: a) the rise in wage inequality between and within groups of skilled and unskilled workers, the increase in the average wage of skilled workers despite the increase in supply, and the decline in the average wage of unskilled workers, as observed during the 1980s and 1990s; b) the rise in wage inequality within groups and the decline in wage inequality between groups during the 1970s; c) the cyclical evolution of the wage differential between skilled and unskilled workers in the last centuries; and d) the productivity slowdown.

JEL Classification: J31, O11, O33, O40

Suggested Citation

Galor, Oded and Moav, Omer, Ability Biased Technological Transition, Wage Inequality and Growth. Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 115, pp. 469-498, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=249889

Oded Galor

Brown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/Oded_Galor/

Omer Moav (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/academic/moav

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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