Union Decline or Skill-Biased Technological Change? Income Inequality in Germany, 1979-2012
The project stopped after one year because the PhD student continued his studies in the US. In this one-year dissertation project a journal article was prepared and submitted to a leading international sociological journal. Based on unique data set containing multidimensional individual-level job descriptors, the variance of hourly wages is decomposed for Germany in the period 1979–2012 in order to test two popular explanations for the growth in inequality: skill-biased technological change and trade union decline. Moreover, results of the project were presented in the session on “Income inequalities and technology” at the ISA-RC28 Conference in Trento.