The Resource The skill content of recent technological change : an empirical exploration, David H. Autor, Frank Levy [and] Richard Murnane., (electronic resource)

The skill content of recent technological change : an empirical exploration, David H. Autor, Frank Levy [and] Richard Murnane., (electronic resource)

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The skill content of recent technological change : an empirical exploration
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The skill content of recent technological change
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an empirical exploration
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David H. Autor, Frank Levy [and] Richard Murnane.
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eng
Summary
We apply an understanding of what computers do - the execution of procedural or rules-based logic - to study how computer technology alters job skill demands. We contend that computer capital (1) substitutes for a limited and well-defined set of human activities, those involving routine (repetitive) cognitive and manual tasks; and (2) complements activities involving non-routine problem solving and interactive tasks. Provided these tasks are imperfect substitutes, our model implies measurable changes in the task content of employment, which we explore using representative data on job task requirements over 1960-1998. Computerization is associated with declining relative industry demand for routine manual and cognitive tasks and increased relative demand for non-routine cognitive tasks. Shifts are evident within detailed industries, within detailed occupation, and within education groups within industries. Translating observed taskshifts into educational demands, the sum of within-industry and within-occupation task changes explains thirty to forty percent of the observed relative demand shift favoring college versus non-college labor during 1970 to 1998, with the largest impact felt after 1980. Changes in task content within nominally identical occupations explain more than half of the overall demand shift induced by computerization. Keywords: Technological Change, Inequality, Computerization, Labor Demand, Demand for Skill
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Abstract in HTML and working paper for download in PDF available via World Wide Web at the Social Science Research Network.
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Autor, David H
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Supported in part by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation and the MIT-Ford Research Collaboration.
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • bibliography
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1941-
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  • Levy, Frank
  • Murnane, Richard J
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Working paper series / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Economics
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working paper 01-22
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The skill content of recent technological change : an empirical exploration, David H. Autor, Frank Levy [and] Richard Murnane., (electronic resource)
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  • Title from cover
  • "June 2001." "June 2001, revised from January 2000"--Abstract
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 35-39)
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28 cm.
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39, 4, [17] p.
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regular print reproduction
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ill.
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)49807462
  • (CaSfIA)skillcontentofre00auto
  • (CaSfIA)001040690
Label
The skill content of recent technological change : an empirical exploration, David H. Autor, Frank Levy [and] Richard Murnane., (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • Title from cover
  • "June 2001." "June 2001, revised from January 2000"--Abstract
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 35-39)
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
39, 4, [17] p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)49807462
  • (CaSfIA)skillcontentofre00auto
  • (CaSfIA)001040690

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