Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/95619
Authors: 
Bogliacino, Francesco
Lucchese, Matteo
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
LIS Working Paper Series 574
Abstract: 
In this article we use the unification of Germany in the 1990 to test the hypothesis that the increase of the supply of a production factor generates skill biased technical change. We test for this mechanism in the context of the Acemoglu and Autor (2011) model that allows for endogenous assignment of skills to tasks in the economy. We use cohorts of workers from comparable countries as a control groups. After discussing the possible confounding factors, we conclude for the absence of this effect. The differential pattern among the countries seems to be determined by labor market flexibilization and tax reform, which had a pure inequality enhancing effect.
Subjects: 
Polarization
Skilled Biased Technological Change
Demand Pull
JEL: 
J31
O33
O52
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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