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Is technology driving the increase in wage inequality in modern day Sweden?

Stjärnfäldt, Richard LU (2016) NEKH01 20152
Department of Economics
Abstract
Abstract: During the last couple of decades the spread of wages has increased throughout the western world. Sweden is no exception from this trend, and the increased wage inequality in Sweden can be traced back 1980. This thesis aims to answer whether technology driven changes in demand for labor can explain changes in relative wage, and if increased foreign competition can explain increasing wage inequality. It can be concluded that employment is affected in the directions predicted by the theory of Task Biased Technological Change, but that these effects are not carried on to further effects on wage change in Sweden during the studied period. Low wage is instead being found to be the best predictor of poor wage development.
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author
Stjärnfäldt, Richard LU
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organization
course
NEKH01 20152
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Wage inequality, task biased technological change, offshorability
language
English
id
8611128
date added to LUP
2016-02-11 15:03:24
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2016-02-11 15:03:24
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  abstract     = {Abstract: During the last couple of decades the spread of wages has increased throughout the western world. Sweden is no exception from this trend, and the increased wage inequality in Sweden can be traced back 1980. This thesis aims to answer whether technology driven changes in demand for labor can explain changes in relative wage, and if increased foreign competition can explain increasing wage inequality. It can be concluded that employment is affected in the directions predicted by the theory of Task Biased Technological Change, but that these effects are not carried on to further effects on wage change in Sweden during the studied period. Low wage is instead being found to be the best predictor of poor wage development.},
  author       = {Stjärnfäldt, Richard},
  keyword      = {Wage inequality,task biased technological change,offshorability},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Is technology driving the increase in wage inequality in modern day Sweden?},
  year         = {2016},
}