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Lousy and lovely jobs: the rising polarization of work in Britain

Goos, Maarten and Manning, Alan ORCID: 0000-0002-7884-3580 (2003) Lousy and lovely jobs: the rising polarization of work in Britain. CEPDP (604). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK. ISBN 0753016826

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This paper argues that skill-biased technical change has some deficiencies as a hypothesis about the impact of technology on the labor market and that a more nuanced view recently proposed by Autor, Levy and Murnane (2003) is a more accurate description. The difference between the two hypotheses is in the prediction about what is happening to employment in low-wage jobs. This paper presents evidence that employment in the UK is polarizing into lovely and lousy jobs and that a plausible explanation for this is the Autor, Levy and Murnane hypothesis.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2003 the authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J21 - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008 09:56
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:29

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