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Restructuring Production and Work

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  • Lindbeck, Assar
  • Snower, Dennis J.

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The paper analyses the contemporary organizational restructuring of production and work and derives some salient implications for the labour market. The analysis focuses on the switch from occupational specialization at 'Tayloristic' organizations to multi-tasking at 'holistic' organizations. The restructuring process is shown to create demands for new combinations of skills and thereby 'resegment' the labour market, raising the wages and job opportunities of some workers relative to others.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1323.

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Date of creation: Dec 1995
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1323

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Keywords: Employment; Information Flows; Labour Market Segmentation; Restructuring of Firms; Technological Change;

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  1. Milgrom, Paul & Roberts, John, 1995. "The Economics of Modern Manufacturing: Reply," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 85(4), pages 997-99, September.
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  1. Gersbach, Hans & Schniewind, Achim, 2002. "Uneven Technical Progress and Unemployment," IZA Discussion Papers 478, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Dennis Snower, 1996. "The modern welfare state: Problems and suggested reforms," Empirica, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 207-226, October.
  3. Berthold, Norbert & Fehn, Rainer, 1999. "Aggressive Lohnpolitik, überschießende Kapitalintensität und steigende Arbeitslosigkeit: können Investivlöhne für Abhilfe sorgen?," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 28, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.
  4. Lindbeck, Assar & Snower, Dennis J., 1997. "Centralized Bargaining, Multi-Tasking and Work Incentives," Seminar Papers 620, Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies.
  5. Lindbeck, A. & Snower, D.J., 1996. "Reorganization of Firms and Labor Market Inequality," Papers 605, Stockholm - International Economic Studies.
  6. Snower, Dennis J., 1999. "Causes of Changing Earnings Inequality," IZA Discussion Papers 29, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Hans Gersbach, 1999. "Product market competition, unemployment and income disparities," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 135(2), pages 221-240, June.
  8. Snower, Dennis J., 1999. "Inequality of Earnings," CEPR Discussion Papers 2321, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  9. Fölster , Stefan & Trofimov, Georgi, 1996. "Does Equality Promote Growth?," Working Paper Series 461, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  10. Andreas Hornstein & Per Krusell, 1996. "Can Technology Improvements Cause Productivity Slowdowns?," NBER Chapters, in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1996, Volume 11, pages 209-276 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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