DP15797 A Note on Employment and Wage Polarization in the U.S.

Author(s): Fabio Cerina, Alessio Moro, Michelle Rendall
Publication Date: February 2021
Keyword(s): Agricultural Occupations, employment polarization, Wage polarization
JEL(s): E24, J21, J23
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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We compare employment and wage polarization in the U.S. using different sample periods and the inclusion or not of agricultural occupations, reporting three main findings. First, a similar degree of employment polarization can emerge together or without wage polarization, depending on the sample period considered. Next, we show that removing agricultural occupations from the sample dramatically changes the results with respect to the case in which these are included: i) wage polarization emerges and the degree of employment polarization increases and ii) the timing of employment polarization changes, and some U-shape of changes in employment shares is observed before 1980.