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Skilled Labor Reallocation, Wage Inequality, and Unskilled Unemployment

Volker Grossmann ()

Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), 2000, vol. 156, issue 3, 473-

Abstract: This paper analyzes the labor market effects of an increase in incetives in raising total factor productivity and, thus, reallocating high-skilled labor from production to non-production (i.e., R&D) activities. Within an endogenous growth framework, it is shown that such a reallocation of skilled labor depresses the demand for low-skilled labor. Contrary to the standard view of skill-biased technological change, the relative marginal prductivity of labor changes only because of relative employment effects. Moreover, the impact of social comparisons between high-skilled and low-skilled workers and within the group of low-skilled workers are examined.

JEL-codes: J31 O31 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000
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