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Long-term dynamics of skill demand in Switzerland from 1950-2000


Sacchi, Stefan; Salvisberg, Alexander; Buchmann, Marlis (2005). Long-term dynamics of skill demand in Switzerland from 1950-2000. In: Kriesi, Hanspeter; Farago, Peter; Kohli, Martin; Zarin-Nejadan, Milad. Contemporary Switzerland : revisiting the special case. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 105-134.

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Our contribution investigates long-term shifts in skill demand in Switzerland with respect to both the level of formal skills and the type of occupational certificate. The former represents the most obvious 'vertical' dimension of changing job requirements, whereas the latter, no less important in a highly segmented labor market, reflects the 'horizontal' differentiation along occupational lines. We argue that two sources are responsible for any change in the aggregate composition of skill demand: The shifting sectoral composition of the economy and the intra-sectoral adaptations related to new technologies and the changing work organization. Against this background, we assess the relative impact of inter-and intra-sectoral change on the long-term trends in skill demand. We apply novel indicators of technological change within sectors to account for the latter. The empirical analyses are based on a representative random sample of job ads published between 1950 and the year 2000 in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Abstract

Our contribution investigates long-term shifts in skill demand in Switzerland with respect to both the level of formal skills and the type of occupational certificate. The former represents the most obvious 'vertical' dimension of changing job requirements, whereas the latter, no less important in a highly segmented labor market, reflects the 'horizontal' differentiation along occupational lines. We argue that two sources are responsible for any change in the aggregate composition of skill demand: The shifting sectoral composition of the economy and the intra-sectoral adaptations related to new technologies and the changing work organization. Against this background, we assess the relative impact of inter-and intra-sectoral change on the long-term trends in skill demand. We apply novel indicators of technological change within sectors to account for the latter. The empirical analyses are based on a representative random sample of job ads published between 1950 and the year 2000 in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Social Sciences
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Business, Management and Accounting
Language:English
Date:2005
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 15:09
Last Modified:01 Dec 2020 21:00
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-1-4039-4798-7
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230523586
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/5u2s2l/ebi01_prod004880939 (Library Catalogue)
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