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Article

Abstract

The late 1970s and early 1980s was a time of rising wage inequality in the United States, particularly between skilled and unskilled workers. During this time, there was also a dramatic increase in on-the-job computer use. Many economists blamed the increase in computer use for the increase in wage inequality in the United States. That view became known as the skill-biased technological change hypothesis. But there are problems with the hypothesis in nearly every dimension of wage inequality in the U.S. labor market. A better explanation for the increase in wage inequality is the globalization of the U.S. economy.

Publication Date

Spring 2005

Journal Title

Major Themes in Economics

Volume

7

Issue

1

First Page

75

Last Page

88

Copyright

©2005 by Major Themes in Economics

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Language

EN

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Economics Commons

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