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Skill bias, age and organisational change

O’Mahony, Mary and Peng, Fei (2008) Skill bias, age and organisational change. In: EU KLEMS Final Conference, 19 and 20 June 2008, University of Groningen. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper considers evidence on the impact of ICT on demand for different types of workers, focusing in particular on the age dimension. It first examines data from EUKLEMS using regressions standard in the literature and suggests ICT may have adversely affected older workers, in particular high skilled males aged 50 and over. The paper then uses data from the UK Labour Force Survey, linked to EUKLEMS, to examine whether the observed differences by worker type could be due to variations in on the job training. It shows that training linked to ICT use can explain some of the wage variation and that reluctance by older men to undertake training has a role as well as lower offers of training by firms.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Business
Department:Department of Management
Projects:6th Framework Programme, Priority 8, "Policy Support and Anticipating Scientific and Technological Needs"
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > L Education (General)
Funders:European Commission, Research Directorate General
ID Code:659

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