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The Knowledge Economy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Emergence of Hierarchies

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  • Luis Garicano
  • Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

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We use a simplified version of Garicano and Rossi-Hansberg (2005) to understand the impact of improvements in communications technology at the turn of the twentieth century on wages and organization. Improvements in communication technology allow individuals of different skills to abandon self-employment and form teams with each other. In particular, they allow high-skill agents to leverage their knowledge by specializing in the hardest tasks and hiring low-skill agents to do the routine tasks. Organization then exploits the complementarities between individual skills, which in turn affects the distribution of earnings. (JEL: D2, J3, L2, N3) (c) 2006 by the European Economic Association.

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  • Luis Garicano & Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, 2006. "The Knowledge Economy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Emergence of Hierarchies," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 4(2-3), pages 396-403, 04-05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:4:y:2006:i:2-3:p:396-403
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    1. Pol Antras & Luis Garicano & Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, 2006. "Organizing Offshoring: Middle Managers and Communication Costs," 2006 Meeting Papers 133, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    3. André Stel & José Millán & Concepción Román, 2014. "Investigating the impact of the technological environment on survival chances of employer entrepreneurs," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 43(4), pages 839-855, December.
    4. Nagamachi, Kohei, 2015. "Team Production and the Allocation of Creativity across Global and Local Sectors," MPRA Paper 63422, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Federico Diez & Ali Ozdagli, 2012. "Entrepreneurship and Occupational Choice in the Global Economy," 2012 Meeting Papers 1004, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    6. Kim, Se-Um, 2008. "The Technological Origins of the High School Movement," MPRA Paper 12087, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Federico J. Díez & Ali K. Ozdagli, 2011. "Self-employment in the global economy," Working Papers 11-5, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
    8. Daron Acemoglu & Mohamed Mostagir & Asuman Ozdaglar, 2014. "Managing Innovation in a Crowd," NBER Working Papers 19852, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    JEL classification:

    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy

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