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Older Workers, New Technology and Organisational Change Further Evidence Using the Reponse Survey

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  • Sévane Ananian

    (INSEE)

  • Patrick Aubert

    (INSEE)

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Firms use of technological innovations or organisational change, their expansion into the international market raise the question of how older workers adapt: An analysis of the workforce in 1998 confirms that these changes induce a bias unfavourable to older workers. The establishments that are more computerised or those that implement innovative workplace practices employ fewer older workers. This is true for both qualified workers (managers and intermediary professions) and less qualified workers (blue collars and employees). The causal link between innovation and the employment of older people is, because of its complexity, difficult to prove. However, the analysis of employment inflows and outflows between 1998 and 2001 confirms the idea that innovation worsens skill obsolescence. This observation needs to be nuanced: some organisational changes, such as the decentralisation of decision-making powers, and the increasingly international marketplace require experienced workers and seem more favourable to older workers than to younger ones.

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Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

Volume (Year): 397 (2007)
Issue (Month): (February)
Pages: 21-49

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Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es397b

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Keywords: New Work Practices; Technology; Older Workers; Labour Demand;

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