Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24808
Authors: 
Spitz, Alexandra
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 03-04
Abstract: 
Based on a large data set containing information on occupations between 1979 and 1999, this study explores the ?black box? surrounding the skill?biased technological change hypothesis by analyzing the mechanisms that induce information technologies to be complementary to employees with higher skill levels. Using direct, multidimensional measures of occupational skill requirements, the analysis shows that IT capital substitutes repetitive manual and repetitive cognitive skills, whereas it complements analytical and interactive skills. These changes in the within occupational task mix result in an increased deployment of employees with high levels of education who have comparative advantages in performing non?repetitive cognitive tasks.
Subjects: 
skill-biased technological change
job task content
vocational education
JEL: 
O30
J23
J24
C30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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