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Chapter 10

Technological Progress

In this chapter we will:

  • Show how technological progress influences job creation and job destruction
  • See that technological progress can drive unemployment either up or down
  • Study the significant impact that technological progress has had on wageinequality and the occupational structure over the last century
  • Estimate the impact of technological progress on wage inequality using the approach of Katz and Murphy (1992) (Data and programs available at www.labor-economics.org allow us to apply this approach to the United Statesover the period 1963–2008.)
  • Analyze the phenomenon of wage and job polarization
  • Look at the contrasting profiles of wage inequality and unemployment in NorthAmerica and Europe
  • Observe that investment in education can influence the direction of technological progress

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Chapter 10 figures

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Autorn, D., & Dorn, D. (2013) "The growth of low-skill service jobs and the polarization of the U.S. labor market" American Economic Review

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Teaching slides

  • Presentation Title
  • author
  • Creation date
    • Technological progress, unemployment and inequality
    • Pierre Cahuc, Stéphane Carcillo, André Zylberberg
    • 12/08/2014