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Replication data for: The World Technology Frontier

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Caselli, Francesco
  • Coleman, Wilbur John, II
Publication Date
2006-06-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We study cross-country differences in the aggregate production function when skilled and unskilled labor are imperfect substitutes. We find that there is a skill bias in cross-country technology differences. Higher-income countries use skilled labor more efficiently than lower-income countries, while they use unskilled labor relatively and, possibly, absolutely less efficiently. We also propose a simple explanation for our findings: rich countries, which are skilled-labor abundant, choose technologies that are best suited to skilled workers; poor countries, which are unskilled-labor abundant, choose technologies more appropriate to unskilled workers. We discuss alternative explanations, such as capital-skill complementarity and differences in schooling quality. (JEL E13, E23, J31, O14)
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.96.3.499 (Text)
Publications
  • Caselli, Francesco, and Wilbur John Coleman. “The World Technology Frontier.” American Economic Review 96, no. 3 (May 2006): 499–522. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.96.3.499.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.96.3.499 (DOI)

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Caselli, Francesco; Coleman, Wilbur John, II (2006): Replication data for: The World Technology Frontier. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E116217V1