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DT 15/14 - Wage inequality in Uruguay: Technological change impact on occupational tasks

ISSNISSN/ISBN: 1688-5090
Nº of PagesNº of Pages: 51
Based on the “task approach” to labor markets this research seeks to analyze the
contribution of technology content of tasks as another explanation factor to the distribution of
men wages in Uruguay during the nineties and the first decade of the 2000s. We use
unconditional quantile regressions (UQR) and a decomposition method based on the recentered
influence function (RIF) regression approach. Our estimates suggest that technological task
content of occupations contributes to explain changes in the distribution of men wages in
Uruguay, but these effects are better capture by the information content of task rather than the
automation content, therefore we cannot confirm Autor, Levy and Murnane’s routinization
hypothesis.
 
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