Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/154809
Authors: 
Petit, Pascal
Soete, Luc L. G.
Year of Publication: 
1997
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 46.1997
Abstract: 
It is generally acknowledged that employment in our economies is increasingly dependent on services. European countries are continuing their gradual move towards a service-based economy with today nearly 70% of the total labour force being employed in service activities. It is also generally acknowledged that services provide the key to future employment growth. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the effects of technical change on services. It is essential to understand whether it will help to develop new markets and welfare or whether it will further the trends of automation. The future of work is at stake in these processes, and the answers are not straightforward. This paper does not attempt to answer all these broad issues. It analyses the dynamics of technical change in services, how it relates with the dynamics of employment and it explores the policies to be pursued at all levels.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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