ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Deskilling and Wage Differentials in Construction Industry

The long-term decline in the wage differential between skilled and unskilled construction workers is a widely noted and discussed phenomenon. Taking the case of the construction industry in Kerala, this paper attempts to provide an alternative explanation for the observed wage movements. The author documents a gradual diminution of craft-skills in the industry and identifies this as an important reason for the sustained decline in the skilled- unskilled wage differentials.

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