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The who and how of disappearing routine jobs

matias cortes

Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Manchester; Fellow, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis


Professor of Economics
at the Economics Department,
Duke University


Economist, Board of Governors
of the Federal Reserve System


Associate Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia

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As routine tasks are increasingly automated, middle-wage jobs are becoming rarer. This column documents the changes in labour-market dynamics behind this polarisation, and investigates which workers are affected by it. Flows into middle-wage routine jobs are declining (rather than flows out increasing). Interestingly, routine cognitive workers – who tend to be educated women – are benefiting from this hollowing-out by moving up the occupational ladder.

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