Technological change and wage premium in a small open economy: The case of Korea

Kang Shik Choi, Jinook Jeong

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The aim of this study is to analyse the relationship between technological change and the educational wage premium in Korea. The main findings are as follows. First, the changes in educational wage premium were mostly affected by shifts in the supply of college graduates from 1983 to 1993 while the changes were affected more by the shifts in labour demand from 1993 to 2000. Second, the educational wage premium is greater in the industries with rapid technological change than in the industries with slower technological change. Third, the educational wage premium associated with the technological change is mostly explained by the returns to worker's unobserved heterogeneities, which is correlated with education, rather than the returns to education per se. Finally, there are some evidences that skill biased technologies are developed as the number of skilled workers are increasing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-131
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan 20

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Source: TFP data are from Korea Productivity Center, Measuring Total Factor Productivity in Manufacturing Sector, Seoul, 2001. R&D intensity and Percentage of Scientists and Engineers are from Ministry of Science and Technology, Report on the Survey of Research and Development in Science and Technology, various years. ICT intensity data are from Hur et al. (2002).

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  • Economics and Econometrics


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