Professor, University of Nottingham
Period of residence: 
3 September - 21 December 2018 ; Residence in partnership with Aix-Marseille School of Economics
Research project: 
Skill Obsolescence
Summary of the research project: 

Technical progress destroys and creates skills, reducing employment and wages for middle-skilled occupations and raising them for high-skilled occupations. Workers losing their jobs can then move to occupations at the bottom of the skill distribution, which operate as a refuge for displaced workers. This is what we call the skill obsolescence hypothesis. This project will use Autor and Dorn (2013) data to provide evidence on it. The skill obsolescence hypothesis is highly related to structural change and capital-skill complementarity theories too. Production occupations, in the middle of the skill distribution and mainly associated with manufacturing, were negatively affected by skill obsolescence in the last decades. At the same time, high-skilled service occupations benefited the most from it, with low-skill service occupations acting as refuge occupations. This project will develop a model of structural change and occupational choice consistent with the skill obsolescence hypothesis.

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Omar Licandro joined the School of Economics, University of Nottingham, as Professor of Macroeconomics in October 2015. Previously he was a Research Professor at the Instituto de Análisis Económico (CSIC), which he first joined in 2009. Since 2013, he has been Secretary General of the International Economic Association (IEA) and the Executive Secretary of the Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE). He is a Associate Professor of the Barcelona GSE, Fellow of CESIfo. He was Associate Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 1991-2000, Senior Researcher at FEDEA, 1994-2001 and Professor at the European University Institute, 2001-2009. He has been Associate Editor of Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, Investigaciones Economicas and the Spanish Economic Review and fellow of the CEPR. His main research interests are growth theory, technical progress, vintage capital, capital and skills obsolescence, trade and growth and the demographic transition. He has extensible published in highly reputed journals in economics, including the Economic Journal, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Economic Growth, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Dynamics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, among others.

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