Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

The Macroeconomics of The Division of Labor

Contents:

Author Info

  • Xavier Ragot

Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical and empirical study of the differentiation of labor. It is based on the relation between the division of labor existing within firms and the differentiation of the firms themselves, according to the tasks performed by their workers. The internal division of labor takes place within firm and is limited by coordination costs. It generates potential demand for new tools, which creates new firms and a further increase in the division of labor. It is shown that the increase in the differentiation of labor yields a growth mechanism when the size of the population increases. In this process, the differentiation of firms increases but it is the actual increase in the aggregate division of labor which sustains growth. In the second part of this article, an empirical index of the diversity of labor is used at a sectorial level and an other index of the division of labor embedded in the inputs is constructed. It is shown that the division of labor affects total factor productivity through the differentiation of labor incorporated in the inputs.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.delta.ens.fr/abstracts/wp200308.pdf
Our checks indicate that this address may not be valid because: 404 Not Found. If this is indeed the case, please notify ()
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure) in its series DELTA Working Papers with number 2003-08.

as in new window
Length:
Date of creation: 2003
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:2003-08

Contact details of provider:
Postal: 48 boulevard Jourdan - 75014 Paris
Phone: 01 43 13 63 00
Fax: 01 43 13 63 10
Email:
Web page: http://www.delta.ens.fr/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords:

This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:2003-08. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ().

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.