Title

Trends in the share of skilled occupations in total employment

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1989

Abstract

Striking claims about trends in the share of skilled occupations in total employment are associated with the product life cycle (PLC) and degradation of labour (DOL) hypotheses, but these claims have been rather neglected for two reasons. First, the conceptual structures of the PLC and DOL hypotheses, deriving from marketing and Marxism respectively, impeded comparison of these hypotheses with the theories of mainstream labour economics. Second, suitable data for testing the hypotheses have only recently become available. In this article, the aim is to remedy the neglect of the PLC and DOL claims by showing how they might be derived from a general-equilibrium model and by comparing them with observations and projections for the US economy. © 1989, MCB UP Limited. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

International Journal of Manpower

Volume

10

Issue

1

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