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In brief - New technology: who wins, who loses?


Technology has transformed the once powerful office of ambassador into a glorified sales position, while nurses, teaching assistants and medical technicians all benefit from the ICT revolution. According to an empirical study by Professor John Van Reenen and colleagues, these contrasting fortunes arise from the fact that different technologies can have very different effects on the labour market. Information technologies, which provide access to stored data, tend to empower frontline workers, while communications technologies like email tend to increase the centralisation of firms, putting more power in the hands of senior managers in corporate headquarters and reducing their employees’ personal autonomy.


John Van Reenen, Nicholas Bloom, Luis Garicano and Raffaella Sadun

8 May 2014     Paper Number CEPCP418

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This publication comes under the following theme: New technologies and productivity