Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129629
Authors: 
Håkanson, Christina
Lindqvist, Erik
Vlachos, Jonas
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1072
Abstract: 
We document a significant increase in the sorting of workers by cognitive and non-cognitive skills across Swedish firms between 1986 and 2008. The weight of the evidence suggests that the increase in sorting is due to stronger complementarities between worker skills and technology. In particular, a large fraction of the increase can be explained by the expansion of the ICT sector and a reallocation of engineers across firms. We also find evidence of increasing assortative matching, in the sense that workers who are particularly skilled in their respective educational groups are more likely to work in the same firms. Changes in sorting patterns and skill gradients can account for a about half of the increase in between-firm wage dispersion.
Subjects: 
Skill sorting
skilled-biased technological change
outsourcing
globalization
cognitive skills
non-cognitive skills
personality
employer-employee matched data
JEL: 
J24
J62
L21
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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