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Task specialization in U.S. cities from 1880-2000

Michaels, Guy and Rauch, Ferdinand and Redding, Stephen J. (2013) Task specialization in U.S. cities from 1880-2000. Centre for Economic Performance discussion papers, CEPDP1186. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: CEPDP1186

Abstract

We develop a new methodology for quantifying the tasks undertaken within occupations using 3,000 verbs from around 12,000 occupational descriptions in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOTs).Using micro-data from the United States from 1880-2000, we find an increase in the employment share of interactive occupations within sectors over time that is larger in metro areas than non-metro areas. We provide evidence that this increase in the interactiveness of employment is related to the dissemination of improvements in transport and communication technologies. Our findings highlight a change in the nature of agglomeration over time towards an increased emphasis on human interaction.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Collections > United States Collection
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 13:30
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 14:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48925

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