New technologies, new work practices and the age structure of the workers

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Author: Schone, Pal


There is empirical evidence that suggests that both technology and new work practices are skill-biased. In this paper, we analyse whether they are also age-biased. Does the introduction of new technology and new work practices reduce the demand for older workers and increase the demand for younger workers? The cross-section estimates suggest that technology is age-biased towards young, low-skilled workers. However, after sweeping away time-invariant unobserved firm effects by using a fixed effect approach, most of the significant relationships disappear. This suggests that the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Technology; Employment; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Older worker; Low skilled worker; Technological change; Work organisation

Published: Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Verlag, 2009

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Journal volume: 22

Journal number: 3

Journal date: July 2009

Pages: pp. 803-826

ISSN: 0933-1433, 1432-1475 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 111.160

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