This Job Is 'Getting Old:' Measuring Changes In Job Opportunities Using Occupational Age

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High- and low-wage occupations are expanding rapidly relative to middle-wage occupations in both the U.S. and the E.U. The authors study the reallocation of workers from middle-skill occupations towards the tails of the occupational skill distribution by analyzing changes in age structure within and across occupations. Because occupations typically expand by the hiring young workers and contract by curtailing such hiring, they posit that growing occupations will get younger while shrinking occupations will 'Get old.'

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