nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2007‒02‒17
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Innovative work practices, information technologies and working conditions: evidence for France By Philippe Askenazy; Eve Caroli
  2. Use IT or Lose IT? The Impact of Computers on Earnings By Peter Dolton; Gerry Makepeace; Helen Robinson

  1. By: Philippe Askenazy; Eve Caroli
    Abstract: We investigate the impact of new work practices and information and communication technologies (ICT) on working conditions in France. We use a unique French dataset providing information on individual workers for the year 1998. New work practices include the use of quality norms, job rotation, collective discussions on work organization and working time flexibility. Working conditions are captured by occupational injuries as well as indicators of mental strain. We find that workers involved in the new practices face working conditions that are significantly worse than those of workers in non innovative work practices. But, the picture is mixed for ICT that seem to make the workplace safer and less risky.
    Keywords: New work practices, technology, working conditions, occupational injuries.
    JEL: J28 L23
    Date: 2006
  2. By: Peter Dolton (Royal Holloway, University of London, CEP, London School of Economics and IZA); Gerry Makepeace (Cardiff Business School and IZA); Helen Robinson (Cardiff Business School)
    Abstract: The extent to which the impact of computer skills depends on how computers are used is investigated using British data from an establishment survey, cohort studies and the European E-Living survey. We examine the importance of activity and frequency of use in these various data sources. We find that the impact on earnings depends on which cohort of workers is examined and that there are differences over time. The regression results show that the use of computers for internet access and for email is positively significant across all of our datasets, although there are differences in the size of the effects between men and women.
    Keywords: ICT earnings
    JEL: J31
    Date: 2007–01

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