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The Shape Of The Division Of Labour

The Shape Of The Division Of Labour

Nations, Industries and Households

Robert M. Solow , Jean-Philippe Touffut

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

2010 224 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 496 7
2010 Paperback 978 1 84980 510 0
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 912 2

Hardback £73.00 on-line price £65.70

Paperback £22.00 on-line price £17.60


Series: The Cournot Centre series

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‘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

Contributors: B. Agarwal, M. Baily, J.-L. Beffa, R.N. Cooper, J. Fagerberg, E. Helpman, S. Lundberg, V. Meliciani, P. Nunnenkamp, R.M. Solow, J.-P. Touffut

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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.

The Shape of the Division of Labour will interest researchers and students of international economics, labour economics, international trade and finance, as well as economists and public policy advisers and analysts.

Full table of contents



Introduction: The Moving Lines of the Division of Labour
Robert M. Solow and Jean-Philippe Touffut

1. The Changing Global Economic Landscape: The Factors that Matter
Jan Fagerberg

2. How Global is Foreign Direct Investment and What Can Policymakers Do About It? Stylized Facts, Knowledge Gaps, and Selected Policy Instruments
Peter Nunnenkamp

3. Labour Market Frictions as a Source of Comparative Advantage: Implications for Unemployment and Inequality
Elhanan Helpman

4. Exports of Knowledge-intensive Services and Manufactures: The Role of ICTs and Intersectoral Linkages
Valentina Meliciani

5. How Integrated are Chinese and Indian Labour into the World Economy?
Richard N. Cooper

6. The Changing Sexual Division of Labour
Shelly Lundberg

7. Round Table Discussions: How Do Nations Adapt to Changes in the Division of Labour?
Bina Agarwal, Martin Baily, Jean-Louis Beffa and Robert M. Solow


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