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Has job polarisation squeezed the American middle class?
Michael J. Böhm
December 2013
Paper No' CEPCP400:
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CentrePiece 18 (2) Autumn 2013

JEL Classification: J21; J23; J24; J31

Tags: job polarization; wage inequality; talent allocation; roy model

Job polarisation has had strong effects on US workers’ relative wages, according to research by Michael Boehm. His study examines whether the decline in manufacturing and clerical jobs has been responsible for the lagging wages of middle-skill workers in the United States. Comparing the occupational choices and earnings of survey respondents in the 1980s and today, he shows that labour market returns to middle-skill jobs have declined relative to high- and low-skill jobs.

This article summarises ‘Has Job Polarization Squeezed the Middle Class? Evidence from the Allocation of Talents’ by Michael Boehm, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1215.