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Technology and the Wage Structure

Steven G. Allen

NBER Working Paper No. 5534
Issued in April 1996
NBER Program(s):   LS

This paper reports direct evidence on how recent changes in technology are related to changes in wage differentials by schooling, experience, and gender. Wage differentials by industry in the full- year 1979 and 1989 Current Population Surveys are related to R&D intensity, usage of high-tech capital, recentness of technology, growth in total factor productivity, and growth of the capital-labor ratio. Returns to schooling are larger in industries that are intensive in R&D and high-tech capital. Technology variables account for 30 percent of the increase in the wage gap between college and high school graduates.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5534

Published: Allen, Steven G. "Technology And The Wage Structure," Journal of Labor Economics, 2001, v19(2,Apr), 440-483. citation courtesy of

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