Human Capital Accumulation and the Transition from Specialization to Multi-Tasking

Macroeconomic Dynamics,12: 320-344

28 Pages Posted: 31 May 2007 Last revised: 11 Dec 2013

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Patricia Crifo

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie; Université Paris X Nanterre - Department of Economics; Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Raouf Boucekkine

Universite Catholique de Louvain

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This paper provides theoretical foundations to the contemporaneous increase in computer usage, human capital and multi-tasking observed in many OECD countries during the 1990s. The links between work organization, technology and human capital is modelled by establishing theconditions under which firms allocatethew orkers' timeamong several productive tasks. Organizational change is then analysed in a dynamic perspective as the transition from specialization towards multi-tasking emphasizing its technological and educational determinants.

Keywords: information technologies, organizational change, human capital, specialization, multi-tasking, dynamics.

JEL Classification: J22, J24, L23, O33, C62.

Suggested Citation

Crifo, Patricia and Boucekkine, Raouf, Human Capital Accumulation and the Transition from Specialization to Multi-Tasking (2008). Macroeconomic Dynamics,12: 320-344. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=988645 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.988645

Patricia Crifo

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie ( email )

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Université Paris X Nanterre - Department of Economics

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