Occupational Change in Europe: How Technology and Education Transform the Job Structure

Hardcover | October 12, 2013

byDaniel Oesch

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What types of jobs are growing: well-paid managerial jobs or low-paid auxiliary jobs, high-end professional jobs or bottom-end service jobs? Can occupational change transform affluent countries into enlarged middle-class societies? Or, on the contrary, are we heading towards a future ofincreasingly divided class societies? Do changes in the employment structure allow forthcoming generations to move towards more rewarding jobs than those held by their parents - or is downward mobility the more likely outcome? This book throws new light on these timely questions by drawing on extensive evidence of employment data on the pattern of occupational change in Britain, Denmark, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland since 1990. It documents the change in the employment structure, and examines the five underlyingdriving forces: technology, globalization, education, migration, and institutions. The book discusses whether governments really have no other choice than either occupational upgrading with soaring unemployment or full employment with expanding low-end jobs. The book gives a clear picture of thefuture of work, skills, and employment in today's Europe, contributing to the debate in economic sociology and labour economics.

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What types of jobs are growing: well-paid managerial jobs or low-paid auxiliary jobs, high-end professional jobs or bottom-end service jobs? Can occupational change transform affluent countries into enlarged middle-class societies? Or, on the contrary, are we heading towards a future ofincreasingly divided class societies? Do changes i...

Daniel Oesch is a Professor at the Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (LINES) at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He lectures on labour market policy, social stratification, and industrial relations. He studied at the Universities of Geneva, Lisbon, and Florence, and earned his PhD from the University of Zurich. Alon...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199680965

ISBN - 13:9780199680962

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Introduction1. The Debate in the Literature on Occupational Change2. Occupational Upgrading in Europe since 19903. Demand-Side Influences on Occupational Change: Trade and Technology4. Supply-Side Influences on Occupational Change: Education and Migration5. The Role of Institutions: Wage-Setting and Occupational Change6. Upgrading at the Cost of Unemployment?Conclusion