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The Labour Market in the New Information Economy

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  • Richard Freeman

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The extension of information and communication technologies to economic activity ischanging the labour market in important ways. This article shows that computerization anduse of the Internet are associated with greater hours worked as well as higher wages; that IToccupations are rapidly increasing their share of employment; that job search and recruitmentare moving rapidly to the Web, with consequences for matching employers and employees;and possibly most important of all, that trade unions have begun to use the Internet as a toolfor servicing members and carrying their message to the public, raising the possibility of amajor change in the nature of the union movement.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0558.

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