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Restructuring Production and Work

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  • Lindbeck, Assar

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

  • Snower, Dennis J.

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    (Department of Economics, Birkbeck College)

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The paper analyzes the contemporary organizational restructuring of production and work and derives some salient implications for the labor 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 labor market, raising the wages and job opportunities of some workers relative to others.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies in its series Seminar Papers with number 602.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 30 Oct 1997
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iiessp:0602

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Keywords: Restructuring of firms; technological change; information flows; employment; labor market segmentation;

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  1. Assar Lindbeck & Dennis Snower, 1996. "Centralised Bargaining, Multitasking and Work Incentives," Archive Discussion Papers, Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics 9624, Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics.
  2. Snower, Dennis J., 1999. "Inequality of Earnings," CEPR Discussion Papers 2321, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Gersbach, Hans & Schniewind, Achim, 2002. "Uneven Technical Progress and Unemployment," IZA Discussion Papers 478, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Fölster , Stefan & Trofimov, Georgi, 1996. "Does Equality Promote Growth?," Working Paper Series, Research Institute of Industrial Economics 461, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  5. Snower, Dennis J., 1999. "Causes of Changing Earnings Inequality," IZA Discussion Papers 29, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Lindbeck, Assar & Snower, Dennis J, 1996. "Reorganization of Firms and Labor-Market Inequality," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 86(2), pages 315-21, May.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Hans Gersbach, 1999. "Product market competition, unemployment and income disparities," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 135(2), pages 221-240, June.
  10. Dennis Snower, 1996. "The modern welfare state: Problems and suggested reforms," Empirica, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 207-226, October.

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