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Is inequality an unavoidable by-product of skill-biased technical change? No, not necessarily!

Hühne, Philipp (2014): Is inequality an unavoidable by-product of skill-biased technical change? No, not necessarily!

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Abstract

This paper compares the evolution of wage inequality along three different skill groups (low-, middle- and high-skilled) across five industrialized countries (Finland, Germany, Italy, Korea and the US). Despite similar exposure to technological change, the countries exhibit significant differences in inequality trajectories, suggesting that inequality is not necessarily an unavoidable by-product of technological change.

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