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Routinization and Employment: Evidence for Latin America

December 13, 2021

  Irene Brambilla, Andrés César, Guillermo Falcone, Leonardo Gasparini, Carlo Lombardo

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This document studies the changes in employment by occupations characterized by different degree of  exposure to routinization in the six largest Latin American economies over the last two decades. It combines the authors’ indicators of routine task content based on information from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC) with labor market microdata from harmonized national household surveys.

The publication finds that the increase in jobs was decreasing in the automatability of the tasks typically performed in each occupation, and increasing in the initial wage, a pattern more consistent with the traditional skill-biased technological change than with the polarization hypothesis

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