Fractures in the education-economy relationship: The end of the skill bias technological change research programme?

Hugh Lauder, Phillip Brown, Sin Yi Cheung

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This paper undertakes a critical theoretical and empirical analysis of the traditional approach to analysing the education-economy relationship: skill bias technological change theory. It argues that while leading skill bias theorists have sought to address some of the anomalies that the theory confronts, there remain key data patterns that the theory cannot address. We suggest an alternative account that takes a broader political economy perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-515
Number of pages21
JournalOxford Review of Economic Policy
Issue number3
Early online date2 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018



  • Education-economy
  • Global labour markets
  • Political economy
  • Skill bias theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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