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Ruhr Economic Papers #975


Ronald Bachmann, Gökay Demir, Colin Green, Arne Uhlendorff

The Role of Within-Occupation Task Changes in Wage Development

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.

ISBN: 978-3-96973-140-6

JEL-Klassifikation: J31, J24, E24

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