Structural Increases in Skill Demand after the Great Recession

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Peter Q.. Blair

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education

David Deming

Harvard University; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

In this paper we use detailed job vacancy data to estimate changes in skill demand in the years since the Great Recession. The share of job vacancies requiring a bachelor’s degree increased by more than 60 percent between 2007 and 2019, with faster growth in professional occupations and high-wage cities. Since the labor market was becoming tighter over this period, cyclical “upskilling” is unlikely to explain our findings.

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Suggested Citation

Blair, Peter Q.. and Deming, David, Structural Increases in Skill Demand after the Great Recession (January 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w26680. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3522329

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