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The Growth and Valuation of Generic Skills

Francis Green () and Andrew Dickerson ()

No 91, Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 from Royal Economic Society

Abstract: Using a method for measuring job skills derived from survey data on detailed work activities, we show that between 1997 and 2001 there was a growth in Britain in the utilisation of computing skills, literacy, numeracy, technical know-how, high-level communication skills, planning skills, client communication skills, horizontal communication skills, problem-solving and checking skills. Computer skills and high-level communication skills carry positive wage premia, as shown both in cross-section hedonic wage equations and through a within-cohorts change analysis. No part of the gender pay gap can be accounted for by differences in levels of generic skills between men and women.

Keywords: skills; wages; computers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2003-06-04
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