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Title:Technology Adoption and Workforce Skill in U.S. Manufacturing Plants PDF Logo
Authors:Dunne, Timothy
Troske, Kenneth R.
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1427
Abstract:This paper examines the relationship between technology adoption and workforce skill in US manufacturing plants. Using information on the use and adoption of seven different information technologies, we find that the relationship between technology adoption and workforce skill varies across the technologies. Technologies more closely related to engineering and design tasks are associated with more skilled workforces. Technologies more closely related to production activities are not. When we examine the relationship between technology adoption and skill upgrading of workforces, we find little correlation between the use and/or adoption of technologies and changes in workforce skill at the plant level. However, we do find that plants adopting technologies related to engineering and design tasks do grow faster over the period 1987-1997.
Subjects:technology adoption
workforce skill
JEL:O3
J2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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