Are Jobs More Polarized in ICT Firms?

38 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2016

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Petri Bockerman

Labour Institute for Economic Research; University of Turku - Turku School of Economics

Seppo Laaksonen

University of Helsinki

Jari Vainiomäki

Tampere University

Abstract

We perform decompositions and regression analyses that test the routinization hypothesis and implied job polarization at the firm level. Prior studies have focused on the aggregate, industry or local levels. Our results for the abstract and routine occupation groups are consistent with the routinization hypothesis at the firm level. The observed changes are linked to ICT adoption. Thus, disappearing middle-level (routine) work can be traced to firm-level technological change.

Keywords: skill-biased technological change, job polarization, routinization

JEL Classification: J23, J24, J31, O33

Suggested Citation

Bockerman, Petri and Laaksonen, Seppo and Vainiomäki, Jari, Are Jobs More Polarized in ICT Firms?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9851, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757961

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University of Turku - Turku School of Economics ( email )

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Seppo Laaksonen

University of Helsinki

Jari Vainiomäki

Tampere University

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