Date / Time

12:00 pm 06/04/2018 -

1:00 pm 06/04/2018


Merewether Room 498


The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW, Australia

The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW, Australia


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Jordi Vidal-Robert | ph: 02-9351 2574 |email:
Jiemai Wu ph: 02-9351 4881 | e-mail:

This seminar examines the labor market consequences of an exogenous increase in the supply of skilled labor in several cities in Norway, resulting from the construction of new colleges in the 1970s. It is found that skilled wages increased as a response, suggesting that along with an increase in the supply there was also an increase in demand for skill. It is also shown that
college openings lead to an increase in the productivity of skilled labor and investments in R&D. The findings are consistent with models of endogenous technical change where an abundance of skilled workers may encourage firms to adopt skill-complementary technologies, leading to an upward sloping long-run demand for skill.

Pedro Carneiro – University College London
Kjell G. Salvanes – Norwegian School of Economics