Skill-Biased Technological Change in Denmark: A Disaggregate Perspective

19 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2003

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Nikolaj Malchow-Moeller

Copenhagen Business School - Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR); University of Southern Denmark

Jan Rose Skaksen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 2003

Abstract

In this paper, we provide an industry-level analysis of skill-biased technological change (SBTC) in Denmark over the last two decades. The analysis shows that SBTC has varied considerably across industries, and traditionally large Danish industries have experienced relatively less SBTC. This may partly explain why wage inequality between skilled and less skilled has risen less in Denmark than in other countries. We also find that SBTC has been concentrated in already skill-intensive industries. This contains important information about future labour requirements, as the relative importance of these industries must be expected to grow, thereby reinforcing the shift in demand for skilled labour.

Keywords: Skill-biased Technological Change, Danish Industries

JEL Classification: J24, J31, L6

Suggested Citation

Malchow-Moeller, Nikolaj and Skaksen, Jan Rose, Skill-Biased Technological Change in Denmark: A Disaggregate Perspective (April 2003). IZA Discussion Paper No. 752. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=399400

Nikolaj Malchow-Moeller

Copenhagen Business School - Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Copenhagen, DK-2000
Denmark

University of Southern Denmark

Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense, 5000
Denmark

Jan Rose Skaksen (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denmark
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