Vintage Human Capital and the Diffusion of New Technology

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  • 327
Date Created
  • 1986-12
  • We present a model of vintage human capital. The economy exhibits exogenous deterministic technological change. Technology requires skills that are specific to the vintage. A stationary competitive equilibrium is defined and shown to exist and be unique, as well as Pareto optimal. The stationary equilibrium is characterized by an endogenous distribution of skilled workers across vintages. The distribution is shown to be single peaked and there is diffusion of technology in the sense that there is a lag between the time when a technology appears and the peak of its usage. An increase in the rate of exogenous technological change shifts the distribution of human capital to more recent vintages and increases the relative wage of the unskilled workers in each vintage.

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  • 07/12/2019
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  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
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