Is the Proportion of College Workers in “Non-College” Jobs Increasing?

Publication Date:
Jan 2000
Project Programs:
Future of Work

This paper explores the claim that college-educated workers are increasingly likely to be in “non-college” occupations. We provide a conceptual framework that gives analytical content to the previously vague distinction between college and non-college jobs. This framework is used to show that skill-biased technological change will lead to a decline in the proportion of college workers in non-college jobs. This prediction is supported by the data.


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