Journal of Economics

, Volume 86, Issue 3, pp 197–228 | Cite as

Non-Routine Tasks, Restructuring of Firms, and Wage Inequality Within and Between Skill-Groups

  • Hartmut Egger
  • Volker Grossmann


This paper argues that endogenous restructuring processes within firms towards analytical and interactive non-routine tasks (like problem-solving and organizational activities, respectively), triggered by advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) and rising supply of educated workers, are associated with an increase of wage inequality within education groups. We show that this may be accompanied by a decline or stagnation of between-group wage dispersion. The mechanisms proposed in this research are not only consistent with the evolution of the distribution of wages in advanced countries, but also with the evolution of task composition in firms and a frequently confirmed complementarity between skill-upgrading, new technologies and knowledge-based work organization.


non-routine tasks skill supply technological progress unobserved abilities within-group wage inequality 

JEL Classification

D20 J31 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Socioeconomic InstituteUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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