Date of Award

12-15-2014

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Moore School of Business

First Advisor

Orgul Ozturk

Abstract

Existing literature suggests that investment in different kinds of task-specific human capital may have significant effects on wage outcomes and overall economic wellbeing of individuals. To examine this claim, the accumulation of task-specific human capital in young male workers with no college education and its effects on wages is measured. Using National Longitudinal Survey of Youth panel data merged with six task-specific human capital measures derived from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles task contents data, fixed effects regression was utilized to measure how workers’ taskspecific human capital develops over time. This process shows that among the task measures used, accumulation of experience in routine cognitive tasks is the greatest determiner of wage outcomes.

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