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Job Design and Skill Developments in the Workplace

Giovanni Russo ()
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Giovanni Russo: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)

No 10207, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We investigate the relationship between job complexity and the skills development of adult workers in Europe using the Cedefop European Skills and Jobs Survey (ESJS). The results suggest that challenging workplaces, workplaces in which jobs are designed to include complex tasks, and which place high demands on workers' skills, also stimulate workers' skills development. Increasing the degree of job complexity has positive and robust effects on the degree of skill development, and so does an increase in work experience (tenure). The analysis stresses the importance of on-the-job learning and contextual workplace characteristics for adult workers' skills development.

Keywords: job characteristics; job complexity; skills; skills development; learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2016-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-hrm and nep-lma
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