papers on job polarization

papers on job polarization

explaining job polarization (with maarten goos and anna salomons)

forthcoming american economic review latest version

presents a conceptual framework for thinking about the impact of routnine-biased technical change, showing how this model can explain job polarization in europe

job polarization in europe", (with maarten goos and anna salomons).

published american economic review papers and proceedings, 2009, 99, 58-63 download from journal

short article showing job polarization is pervasive in europe

lousy and lovely jobs: the rising polarization of work in britain (with maarten goos)

published review of economics and statistics, 2007, 89,118-133 download from journal

argues that the phrase 'skill-biased technical change' is too crude a description of the impact of technology on labour demand. that, while there has been a big increase in employment in lovely jobs, there has also been an increase in the number of lousy jobs. and that this job polarization can explain some of the rise in wage inequality. and that the decline in the relative wages in lousy jobs has nothing to do with SBTC and everything to do with needless institutional change

we can work it out: the impact of technological change on the demand for low-skill workers

published in scottish journal of political economy, 2004, 51, 581-608. download from journal

extends paper with maarten goos to think about how the demand for low-skill workers is changing. bit of a mad one really (was a conference lecture so never had to worry that much about picky referees). but argues that technology is not replacing their jobs but that they are increasingly dependent on servicing rich workers and they may be threatened by the roomba robovac and friends.