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Occupations and the Wage Structure: The Role of Occupational tasks in Britain

Williams, Mark and Bol, Thijs (2017) Occupations and the Wage Structure: The Role of Occupational tasks in Britain Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 53. pp. 16-25.

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Abstract

Occupations are central to the stratification system, including the stratification of wages. One compelling explanation for how occupations relate to the wage structure is through their task content. We consider the relationships between occupational tasks and the wage structure directly using unconditional quantile regression methods, examining a broader range of occupational tasks than normally considered. We find that occupational tasks have varied implications for the wage structure in ways not always consistent with dominant technology-based explanations. We conclude that the task-based approach to conceptualising how occupations determine the wage structure is a promising avenue for future research and outline some recommendations on how to proceed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Williams, Markm.t.williams@surrey.ac.uk
Bol, Thijs
Date : 10 November 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.rssm.2017.11.003
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Occupations; Stratification; Occupational tasks; Wage inequality; Wage structure
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 09 Nov 2017 16:22
Last Modified : 14 Mar 2018 13:21
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/844878

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