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Specialisation Individuelle Et Division Sociale Du Travail : Une Lecture Dynamique D’A Smith, A. Marshall Et A. Young


  • Yong HE
  • Olivier BOISSIN


Smith viewed the advantages of division of labour exclusively on the basis of individual specialization. It raises a problem on human development, or, of alienation. This paper shows that a generally neglected alternative view can be found in Marshall (1890) and Young (1928). Marshal has argued that the use of machinery could progressively reduce the degree of individual specialization. In Young's analysis, the expansion of machine system isitself a process of division of labour among industries, and has become the principal source of increasing returns. With this Marshall-Young process, social division of labor, through the adoption of machinery, could progressively reduce individual specialization and thus provides the solution for alienation problem.

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  • Yong HE & Olivier BOISSIN, 2006. "Specialisation Individuelle Et Division Sociale Du Travail : Une Lecture Dynamique D’A Smith, A. Marshall Et A. Young," Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, L'Harmattan, issue 50, pages 123-135.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2006:i:50:p:123-135

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    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General
    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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