Is Job Polarisation ICT-Driven? Evidence from the US

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This paper investigates the effects of automation on job polarisation. Automation has been claimed to be one of the main causes for the job polarisation observed in many countries such as the US since the mid-1980s. Using the US Census data, we show that between 1980 and 2007 the increase in the usage of ICT capital is not statistically associated with changes in the employment and wage bill share of routine workers, although there is heterogeneity across industries. The main findings imply that ICT capital per se might not be the main factor driving job polarisation in the US.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-138
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Economic Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Shim and Yang acknowledge the financial support from the Korea Institute of Finance and from Yonsei University (Yonsei University Future-leading Research Initiative of 2019 (2019-22-0005 and 2019-22-0201, respectively)). We would like to thank two anonymous referees for their valuable comments. We are grateful for helpful comments from the Seminar at Korea Institute of Finance.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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