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Title: Lousy and lovely jobs: The rising polarization of work in Britain
Authors: Goos, Maarten ×
Manning, Alan #
Issue Date: Feb-2007
Publisher: M i t press
Series Title: Review of economics and statistics vol:89 issue:1 pages:118-133
Abstract: This paper shows that the United Kingdom since 1975 has exhibited a pattern of job polarization with rises in employment shares in the highest- and lowest-wage occupations. This is not entirely consistent with the idea of skill-biased technical change as a hypothesis about the impact of technology on the labor market. We argue that the "routinization" hypothesis recently proposed by Autor, Levy, and Murnane (2003) is a better explanation of job polarization, though other factors may also be important. We show that job polarization can explain one-third of the rise in the log(50/10) wage differential and one-half of the rise in the log(90/ 50).
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ISSN: 0034-6535
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Monetary and Information Economics, Leuven
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