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Replication files for "Technological Change and Obsolete Skills: Evidence from Men's Professional Tennis"

Fillmore, Ian; Hall, Jonathan D.;
English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Publisher: ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Abstract
This repository contains the replication code for "Technological Change and Obsolete Skills: Evidence from Men's Professional Tennis," published in Labour Economics (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2021.102051). We are unable to post most of our data, due to our data usage agreements. However, we are happy to help others with the process of obtaining the data.The abstract of the paper is:Technological innovation can raise the returns to some skills while making others less valuable or even obsolete. We study the effects of such skill-altering technological change in the context of men's professional tennis, which was unexpectedly transformed by the invention of composite racquets during the late 1970s. We explore the consequences of this innovation on player productivity, entry, and exit. We find that young players benefited at the expense of older players and that the disruptive effects of the new racquets persisted over two to four generations.
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