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The Division of Labour, Worker Organisation, and Technological Change

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  • Borghans, Lex

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    (Maastricht University)

  • ter Weel, Bas

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

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The model developed in this paper explains differences in the division of labour across firms as a result of computer technology adoption. We find that changes in the division of labour can result both from reduced production time and from improved communication possibilities. The first shifts the division of labour towards a more generic structure, while the latter enhances specialisation. Although there exists heterogeneity, our estimates for a representative sample of Dutch establishments in the period 1990-1996 suggest that productivity gains have been the main determinant for shifts in the division of labour within most firms. These productivity gains have induced skill upgrading, while in firms gaining mainly from improved communication possibilities specialisation increased and skill requirements have fallen.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1709.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Publication status: published in: Economic Journal, 2006, 116 (509), F45-F72
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Keywords: computerisation of the labour market; technological change; division of labour; wage level and structure;

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Cited by:
  1. Kok, Suzanne & ter Weel, Bas, 2014. "Cities, Tasks and Skills," IZA Discussion Papers 8053, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. İ. Akçomak & Lex Borghans & Bas Weel, 2011. "Measuring and Interpreting Trends in the Division of Labour in the Netherlands," De Economist, Springer, Springer, vol. 159(4), pages 435-482, December.
  3. Beckmann, Volker & Irawan, Evi & Wesseler, Justus, 2009. "The Effect of Farm Labor Organization on IPM Adoption. Empirical Evidence from Thailand," Institutional Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Discussion Papers, Humboldt University Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics 55767, Humboldt University Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics.
  4. Suzanne Kok & Bas ter Weel, 2014. "Cities, Tasks and Skills," CPB Discussion Paper 269, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  5. Borghans Lex & Weel Bas ter, 2008. "Understanding the Technology of Computer Technology Diffusion: Explaining Computer Adoption Patterns and Implications for the Wage Structure," ROA Research Memorandum, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) 009, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
  6. Cindy Zoghi & Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, 2007. "Which workers gain upon adopting a computer?," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 40(2), pages 423-444, May.
  7. Paul J.J. Welfens, 2006. "Grundlagen rationaler Transportpolitik bei Integration," EIIW Discussion paper, Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library disbei144, Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library.
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  9. R. Antonietti, 2006. "The skill content of technological change. Some conjectures on the role of education and job-training in reducing the timing of new technology adoption," Working Papers 556, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.

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