Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Seminar Papers,
Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies

No 602: Restructuring Production and Work

Assar Lindbeck () and Dennis J. Snower ()
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Assar Lindbeck: Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, Postal: Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Dennis J. Snower: Department of Economics, Birkbeck College, Postal: University of London, 7 Gresse Street, London W1P 1PA , UK

Abstract: The paper analyzes the contemporary organizational restructuring of production and work and derives some salient implications for the labor market. The analysis focuses on the switch from occupational specialization at “Tayloristic” organizations to multi-tasking at “holistic” organizations. The restructuring process is shown to create demands for new combinations of skills and thereby resegment” the labor market, raising the wages and job opportunities of some workers relative to others.

Keywords: Restructuring of firms; technological change; information flows; employment; labor market segmentation

JEL-codes: J23; J24; L23; M12; O33

39 pages, October 30, 1997

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