Type: Seminar

How does the efficiency of skilled labor vary across rich and poor countries? An analysis using industry and trade data


Hannes Malmberg, IIES Stockholm University

Date & Time

Mar 22, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT

This paper estimates the relative efficiency of skilled and unskilled workers across countries using a new method that relies on disaggregated industry and trade data. I document that the share of exports in skill-intensive industries rises sharply with income levels. Interpreted through the lens of a gravity model, this pattern suggests that rich countries have low relative unit production costs in skill-intensive industries.

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