The Skill Bias Effect of Technological and Organisational Change: Evidence and Policy Implications

36 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2003

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Mariacristina Piva

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Enrico Santarelli

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 2003

Abstract

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.

Keywords: skill bias, organisational change, manufacturing

JEL Classification: O33, J50

Suggested Citation

Piva, Mariacristina and Santarelli, Enrico and Vivarelli, Marco, The Skill Bias Effect of Technological and Organisational Change: Evidence and Policy Implications (November 2003). IZA Discussion Paper No. 934. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=473591

Mariacristina Piva

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ( email )

Via Emilia Parmense, 84
Piacenza
Italy

Enrico Santarelli

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli, 2
I-40126 Bologna
Italy
+39 051 2098487 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.dse.unibo.it/santarel

Marco Vivarelli (Contact Author)

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano ( email )

Largo Gemelli 1
Milano, 20123
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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