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Travail, progrès technique et valorité différentielle le problème de la sélection des travailleurs

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  • François Stankiewicz

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It is acknowledged that the worker should adapt himself to changes induced by technical progress. Nevertheless, the costs incurred by the firm, related to this adaptative behavior are scarcely taken into account by economic theory. The purpose of this article is to introduce these costs explicitly. As a consequence, work activity presents two faces : the worker is expected altogether to produce goods and services and to acquire the new required skills linked to technical and organisational changes. According to this view, this article proposes the concept of differential value creation as a synthetic way of measuring the comparative efficiency of the worker with regard the capacity to adapt and the production activity. This concept is used to examine the decisions on the type of workers to hire.

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  • François Stankiewicz, 2004. "Travail, progrès technique et valorité différentielle le problème de la sélection des travailleurs," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 114(1), pages 111-131.
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    1. Léné, Alexandre, 2011. "Occupational downgrading and bumping down: The combined effects of education and experience," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 257-269, April.

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