Human capital, technical change, and the welfare state

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Abstract

I study the interactions between the distribution of human capital, technological choice, and redistributive institutions. I first ask what makes alternative social contracts such as a European-style "welfare state" and U.S.-style "laissez-faire" sustainable, and in particular how each is affected by skill-biased technical change. I then endogenize technological or organizational choice, and show that firms respond to greater human capital heterogeneity with more flexible technologies that further exacerbate wage equality. I then analyze the simultaneous determination of technology, income distribution, and redistributive institutions, and as well as spillovers between the social contracts of different countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-532
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the European Economic Association
Volume1
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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