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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Occupational Tasks and Wage Inequality in West Germany: A Decomposition Analysis
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  • Miriam Rinawi
  • Uschi Backes-Gellner
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Swiss Leading House Working Paper Series
Number 112
Date 2019
Abstract Text This paper investigates the role of occupational tasks in driving changes in the West German wage structure. Using administrative wage data matched with task data, we run RIF regression-based decompositions to quantify the contribution of cognitive, interactive, and manual tasks to changes in wage inequality from 1978 to 2006. We find that until the 1990s, changing returns to education and experience were driving wage inequality. Occupational tasks started playing a role only in the 1990s. During this period, increasing returns to cognitive tasks widened both upper-tail and lower-tail inequality. Conversely, decreasing returns to manual tasks were uniformly decreasing inequality. Furthermore, in the 2000s, we find an important role for interactive tasks in driving lower-tail inequality.
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