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Training and Age-Biased Technical Change : Evidence from French Micro Data

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  • Luc Behaghel

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  • Nathalie Greenan

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We model and test the hypothesis that technical and organizational change may be biased againstolder workers. This may occur through a direct adverse effect on their productivity, or throughinsufficient training responses to change. We show that the impact of technical and organizationalchange on the optimal training profile and on the age of retirement is theoretically indeterminate.Using a French matched employer-employee data set, we find evidence that computerized firmsselect their older workers more. But modern firms also tend to train all their workers more,regardless of age. Technical change may thus explain a decline in the employment of older workersthrough a direct unfavorable impact on their productivity rather than through a comparativedisadvantage with regard to training.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique in its series Working Papers with number 2005-06.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:crs:wpaper:2005-06

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  1. Patrick Aubert & Eve Caroli & Muriel Roger, 2005. "Nouvelles technologies et nouvelles formes d'organisation du travail : quelles conséquences pour l'emploi des salariés âgés ?," PSE Working Papers halshs-00590793, HAL.
  2. Sévane Ananian & Patrick Aubert, 2007. "Older Workers, New Technology and Organisational Change Further Evidence Using the Reponse Survey," Economie et Statistique, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques, vol. 397, pages 21-49, February.
  3. Luc Behaghel, 2006. "Changement technologique et formation tout au long de la vie," Working Papers 18585, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
  4. Pål Schøne, 2009. "New technologies, new work practices and the age structure of the workers," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 22(3), pages 803-826, July.
  5. Philippe Zamora, 2006. "Changements organisationnels, technologiques et recours à la formation dans les entreprises industrielles," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 57(6), pages 1235-1257.
  6. Lutz Schneider, 2007. "Alterung und technologisches Innovationspotential : Eine Linked-Employer-Employee-Analyse," IWH Discussion Papers 2, Halle Institute for Economic Research.
  7. repec:hal:wpaper:halshs-00588316 is not listed on IDEAS
  8. Luc Behagel & Eve Caroli & Emmanuelle Walkowiak, 2007. "Innovation and Skill Upgrading : The Role of External vs Internal Labour Markets," Working Papers 2007-02, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  9. Karakaya, Güngör, 2008. "Early cessation of activity in the labour market: impact of supply and demand factors," MPRA Paper 13390, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  10. repec:hal:wpaper:halshs-00567682 is not listed on IDEAS
  11. Patrick Aubert & Luc Behaghel & Sévane Ananian, 2006. "Travailleurs âgés, nouvelles technologies et changements organisationnels : un réexamen à partir de l'enquête « Reponse ». Suivi d'un commentaire de Luc Behaghel : emploi des seniors - Des effe," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, vol. 397(1), pages 21-49.
  12. Marc-Arthur Diaye & Nathalie Greenan & Claude Minni & Sonia Rosa Marques, 2006. "Renouvellement des générations, précarité de l'emploi des jeunes et dynamique technologique des entreprises," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 57(6), pages 1295-1328.
  13. Luc Behaghel, 2007. "Emploi de seniors : des effets du changement technologique aux recommandations [Commentaire]," Working Papers 14208, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.

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