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Knowledge Spillovers and Wage Inequality: An Empirical Investigation of Knowledge-Skill Complementarity

Allard Bruinshoofd (), Hugo Hollanders () and Bas ter Weel

No 8, Research Memorandum from Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: This paper examines the importance of knowledge-skill complementarity in the process of contemporary economic growth. By analyzing Dutch manufacturing and carrying out an extensive spillover and wage inequality analysis, it is shown that knowledge-intensive sectors pay their high-skilled workers a relatively higher wage in the form of a wage premium, which is defined as the sector bias of technical change.

Keywords: research and development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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