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Economic Commentary

Service-Sector Wages: the Importance of Education

Many of the new jobs in the rapidly growing service sector offer wages that are competitive with the best manufacturing jobs. These service jobs require relatively scarce skills, however. The current labor market demands higher levels of basic education in return for greater compensation.

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Suggested Citation

Swinton, John. 1988. “Service-Sector Wages: the Importance of Education.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 12/15/1988.

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