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Title:Have the relative employment prospects for the low-skilled deteriorated after all? PDF Logo
Authors:Røed, Knut
Nordberg, Morten
Issue Date:2000
Series/Report no.:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2000,19
Abstract:With the aid of Norwegian register data, the paper investigates whether or not the relative unemployment propensity for the low-skilled has increased during the 1990’s. Two alternative notions of ‘low skills’ are employed; i) low education, and ii) low previous earnings, conditioned on education and work experience. According to the standard education-based measure, we find that unemployment propensity has not at all developed unfavourably for the low-skilled. According to the earnings based measure, it has. We uncover a steady and significant deterioration of employment prospects for persons with particularly low previous earnings relative to others with similar formal qualifications.
Subjects:Skill-biased technical change
relative unemployment rates
JEL:J31
J64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

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