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Have the Relative Employment Prospects for the Low-Skilled Deteriorated After All?

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Forfattere:

Røed, Knut og Morten Nordberg

År:

2000

Referanse:

Memorandum
Nummer i serie: 19

Summary

With the aid of Norwegian register data, the paper investigates whether or not the relative unemployment propensity for the low-skilled has increased during the 1990’s. Two alternative notions of ‘low skills’ are employed; i) low education, and ii) low previous earnings, conditioned on education and work experience. According to the standard education-based measure, we find that unemployment propensity has not at all developed unfavourably for the low-skilled. According to the earnings based measure, it has. We uncover a steady and significant deterioration of employment prospects for persons with particularly low previous earnings relative to others with similar formal qualifications.

Nøkkelord:

Skill-biased technical change, relative unemployment rates

JEL:

J31, J64

Prosjekt info:

Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.:
Frisch prosjekt: 1203 - Sortering, utsatte grupper og arbeidsmarkedstiltak

Finansiering:

Norges forskningsråd