The Role of Within-Occupation Task Changes in Wage Development
Speaker(s)Ronald Bachmann (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, Germany)
LocationTinbergen Institute Amsterdam, room 1.01
Date and time
October 11, 2022
15:30 - 16:30
We examine how changes in task content over time condition occupational wage development. Using survey data from Germany, we document substantial heterogeneity in within-occupational changes in task content. Combining this evidence with administrative data on individual employment outcomes over a 25-year period, we find important heterogeneity in wage penalties amongst initially routine intensive jobs. While occupations that remain (relatively) routine intensive generate substantial wage penalties, occupations with a decreasing routine intensity experience stable or even increasing wages. These findings cannot be explained by composition or cohort effects. Joint paper with Gökay Demir, Colin Green and Arne Uhlendorff.