Technical Progress and the Development of Wage Structure

Growing wage disparity between high and low qualified employees and workers mainly in the Anglo-Saxon countries is a phenomenon receiving great attention not only from economists. This phenomenon is accompanied by an increase in the relative offer of high qualified staff as well as in growth rates of the number of high qualified staff in business sectors having a high percentage of high qualified staff relative to the overall number of staff. It is the objective of this research project to show a possible connection between these parallel developments by means of theoretical models and thus to disclose possible causal structures. A particular focus is placed on the hypothesis of distorted technical progress, favouring certain groups of qualified labour, and its possible endogenity.