Monte, Ferdinando (2009): Skill Bias, Trade, and Wage Dispersion.
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Wage ratios across different percentiles of the distribution have moved in parallel and then diverged in the U.S. in the last 50 years. I build a simple model of heterogeneous technology and workers that features complementarities in production and love-for-variety in consumption and identify the macro-, talent- and individual-specific components of the wage function. I build the theoretical counterparts of the observed wage ratios, and show that both skill-biased technical change and trade between identical countries can reproduce the observed pattern of wage dispersion. This fact arises from qualitatively similar local responses of the marginal vs. the total price of skills. I argue that intra-firm rent distribution can be used to disentangle these causes.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Skill Bias, Trade, and Wage Dispersion|
|Keywords:||intra-industry trade; skill-biased technical change; local change in inequality; intra-�rm rent distribution.|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F16 - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D33 - Factor Income Distribution
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
|Depositing User:||Ferdinando Monte|
|Date Deposited:||07. Oct 2009 18:40|
|Last Modified:||02. Mar 2013 15:15|
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