The growing importance of social skills in the labor market


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Author: Deming, David J.


The slow growth of high-paying jobs in the US since 2000 and rapid advances in computer technology have sparked fears that human labor will eventually be rendered obsolete. Yet while computers perform cognitive tasks of rapidly increasing complexity, simple human interaction has proven difficult to automate. In this paper, [the author] shows that the labor market increasingly rewards social skills. Since 1980, jobs with high social skill requirements have experienced greater relative growth throughout the wage distribution. Moreover, employment and wage growth has been strongest in jobs...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Labour market; Skills and knowledge; Outcomes; Students; Statistics

Keywords: Data analysis

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: [Harvard University], 2015

Physical description: [88] p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 121.879

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