Cambio tecnológico y cualificaciones en la industria española: una aproximación estructural

by Mañé Vernet, Ferran

Abstract (Summary)
In this doctoral thesis I propose to analyze the relationship between technological change and skills in the framework of the Spanish manufacturing industry. The first chapter deals with both the theoretical and empirical literature available so far. From this point I defend that some issues should be developed more deeply. Specifically, I propose to advance in a path where the demand side is stressed, building an structural and dynamic theoretical model. In the second chapter, I develop a theoretical model build upon the seminal work of professor Flynn known as Skills Life Cycle model. I introduce dynamic aspects in it through the inclusion of the process of learning, closely related to the concept of skill. The main conclusion of this theoretical model is that firm skill necessities, and subsequently, what the educational system should do, depends on the product and process firms strategy. The third chapter focuses on the empirical analysis of the productive specialization of the Spanish manufacturing industry over the last 20 years. My main conclusion is that we can observe a clear process of concentration on the low-quality, low-value added segment of the market. Finally, the last chapter measures, using econometric techniques, the technological change impact on the worker wages. I use a very new data base, created as a merging of the Encuesta Industrial and the Encuesta de Estructura Salarial. My results show that this impact is negative, regardless of the kind of worker or sector considered.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Josep Oliver Alonso

School:Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

School Location:Spain

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:411 departament d economia aplicada


Date of Publication:04/19/2001

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