Measuring And Interpreting Trends In The Division Of Labour In The Netherlands
This paper introduces indicators about the division of labour to measure and interpret recent trends in employment in the Netherlands. The authors show that changes in the division of labour occur at three different levels: the level of the individual worker, the level of the industry and the spatial level. At each level the current organisation of work is determined by equilibrium of forces that glue tasks together and unbundled tasks. Communication costs are the main force for clustering or gluing together tasks; comparative advantage stimulates unbundling and specialisation.