Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

New Economy, Better work?(Changes in Technology Associated with Changes in the Labor Market)

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

New Economy, Better work?(Changes in Technology Associated with Changes in the Labor Market)

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Changes in technology have generally been associated with changes in the labor market. The impact of increasing computerization of the economy is no exception, according to two recent reports. Statistics Canada analysts Marie Drolet and Reno Morissette compare the employees of "knowledge-based" firms to other workers. They find that among full-time workers in Canada, the average workweek in knowledge-based industries is just slightly longer than that for others. Hourly earnings, in contrast, were significantly higher in knowledge-based industries and workers in those industries were more likely to be covered by insurance plans, including supplements to the national medical care program in Canada, and to be offered a variety of personal and family support programs. Drolet and Morissette based their Perspectives on Labour and Income article on Canada's Workplace and Employee Survey a linked file containing both employer and employee components.

The Canadian research is complemented by some of the investigations Richard B. Freeman has made concerning the relationship between using computers and the Internet at work and one's hours at work and hourly earnings. Freeman's NBER working paper, "The Labour Market in the New Information Economy," is more broadly based than Drolet and Morissette as it focuses on the 40 to 50-plus percent of workers in the United States that report using the Internet or computers at work. …

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