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Innovative Work Practices, Information Technologies, and Working Conditions : Evidence for France

  • Caroli, Eve
  • Askenazy, Philippe

We investigate the impact of new work practices and information and communication technologies (ICT) on working conditions in France. We use a unique French dataset providing information on individual workers for the year 1998. New work practices include the use of quality norms, job rotation, collective discussions on work organization, and work time flexibility. Working conditions are captured by occupational injuries as well as indicators of mental strain. We find that individuals working under the new practices face greater mental strain than individuals who do not. They also face a higher probability of work injuries, at least for benign ones. In contrast, our results suggest that ICT contribute to make the workplace more cooperative and to reduce occupational risks and injuries.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/7143.

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Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Publication status: Published in Industrial Relations, 2010, Vol. 49, no. 4. pp. 544-565.Length: 21 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/7143
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