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dc.contributor.authorChin, Aimeeen_US
dc.contributor.authorJuhn, Chinhuien_US
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Peteren_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:14:56Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:14:56Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/20551-
dc.description.abstractUsing a large, individual-level wage data set, we examine the impact of a major technological innovation – the steam engine – on skill demand and the wage structure in the merchant shipping industry. We find that the technical change created a new demand for skilled workers, the engineers, while destroying demand for workers with skills relevant only to sail. It had a deskilling effect on production work – able-bodied seamen (essentially, artisans) were replaced by unskilled engine room operatives. On the other hand, mates and ablebodied seamen employed on steam earned a premium relative to their counterparts on sail. A wholesale switch from sail to steam would increase the 90/10 wage ratio by 40%, with most of the rise in inequality coming from the creation of the engineer occupation.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 1285en_US
dc.subject.jelH52en_US
dc.subject.jelJ62en_US
dc.subject.jelI21en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordwage inequalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordskill premiumen_US
dc.subject.keywordskill-biased technical changeen_US
dc.subject.stwTechnischer Fortschritten_US
dc.subject.stwLohnstrukturen_US
dc.subject.stwIndustrialisierungen_US
dc.subject.stwSchifffahrten_US
dc.subject.stwKanada: Atlantikküsteen_US
dc.titleTechnical Change and the Wage Structure During the Second Industrial Revolution : Evidence from the Merchant Marine, 1865-1912en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn460242628en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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