The Shape of the Division of Labour

Nations, Industries and Households

The Cournot Centre series

Edited by Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, Co-founder and Chairman, Cournot Foundation, Paris, France and Jean-Philippe Touffut, Director, Cournot Centre, Paris, France

How is work divided up in the household, within an industry, a nation or between continents? What are the dynamics of the division of labour? The wide-ranging contributions to this book explore these questions from technological, capital and political perspectives. They include in-depth studies of gender, the firm, countries’ economic specializations, ICTs, foreign direct investment and agriculture. In this book, ten distinguished contributors – economists, scholars and practitioners – take stock of the shape of the division of labour and provide useful policy recommendations.

‘This book is unique in its broad coverage of the concept of division of labour. The variety of contributions highlight its shape, showing that it is not just limited to the old notions of the degree of the division of labour among productive units, along the lines of Adam Smith, or the degree of specialization amongst countries, along the lines of David Ricardo. Through different lenses, the authors present a panoramic and detailed view of contemporary analyses, including not only gender, but also assets, sectors and nations. The book edited by Robert Solow and Jean-Philippe Touffut therefore provides a refreshing new vision on one of the oldest concepts popular in economic analyses.’
– Luc Soete, Maastricht University and Director of UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands

2011 224 pp Paperback 978 1 84980 510 0 £25.00 £20.00 $39.00 $31.20
2011 224 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 496 7 £89.00 £80.10 $129.00 $116.10

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