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The Employment impact of innovation: evidence and policy

Marco Vivarelli

Mario Pianta


The rapid pace of technological change, and the diffusion of information and communication technologies, is changing the structure of advanced economies and has a direct impact on the dynamics of employment. The view that market forces can easily counterbalance the labour-saving impact of innovation is contrasted in this book with empirical findings on aggregate compensation effects and on the consequences of the specific type of innovation in industries and services.

"The Employment Impact of Innovation" delivers its findings in three key areas: - Theoretical context, from classical 'compensation theory' to state-of-the-art debates.
- Empirical investigation. Detailed and comparative international analyses explore how technological and structural change have affected employment patterns. Studies at the macroeconomic and sectoral level investigate the role of demand patterns and the different sectoral impact of product, process and organisational innovation in industries and services.
- Policy analysis and recommendation, including a focus on the role of learning, and a proposal for a new set of employment friendly economic and innovation policies.


Innovation, employment, information and communication technologies, information society

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Title: The Employment impact of innovation : evidence and policy
Author: Marco Vivarelli, Mario Pianta
Publication: London; New York: Routledge, 2000
Subjects: employment - technological innovations
ISBN: 0-415-20433-X


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