Inequality and Changes in Task Prices: Within and between Occupation Effects

Inequality: Causes and Consequences

ISBN: 978-1-78560-811-7, eISBN: 978-1-78560-810-0

ISSN: 0147-9121

Publication date: 25 February 2016

Abstract

This paper seeks to connect changes in the structure of wages at the occupation level to measures of the task content of jobs. We first present a simple model where skills are used to produce tasks, and changes in task prices are the underlying source of change in occupational wages. Using Current Population Survey (CPS) wage data and task measures from the O*NET, we document large changes in both the within and between dimensions of occupational wages over time, and find that these changes are well explained by changes in task prices likely induced by technological change and offshoring.

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Fortin, N. and Lemieux, T. (2016), "Inequality and Changes in Task Prices: Within and between Occupation Effects ", Inequality: Causes and Consequences (Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 43), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 195-226. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0147-912120160000043014

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