The Skill Bias Effect of Technological and Organisational Change: Evidence and Policy Implications
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza
University of Bologna - Department of Economics
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza; SPRU-University of Sussex; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 934
Previous empirical literature has shown that technological change can be considered the main cause of the skill bias (increase in the number of highly skilled workers) exhibited by manufacturing employment in developed countries over the last decades. However, recent papers have also introduced the "Skill Biased Organisational Change" hypothesis. We estimate a SUR model for a sample of 400 Italian manufacturing firms, showing that upskilling is more a function of the reorganisational strategy than a consequence of technological change alone. Moreover, some evidence of superadditive effects emerges, consistently with the theoretical hypothesis of a coevolution of technology and organisation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: skill bias, organisational change, manufacturing
JEL Classification: O33, J50working papers series
Date posted: December 9, 2003
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