Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/193300
Authors: 
Bittarello, Luca
Kramarz, Francis
Maitre, Alexis
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12006
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates how an increase in the supply of skilled labor affects task assignment within and between occupations. Guided by a simple theoretical framework, we exploit detailed information about individual workers' tasks from multiple surveys to examine the impact of a twofold rise in the share of university graduates in the French workforce between 1991 and 2013. Our identification strategy uses variation in the change in the graduate share across local labor markets. We find that higher average educational attainment is associated with more routine, fewer cognitive and fewer social tasks within occupations and with fewer routine, more cognitive and more social tasks across occupations.
Subjects: 
task
supply shock
routine tasks
cognitive tasks
social tasks
JEL: 
J21
J24
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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