The growth of information workers in the U.S. economy

Edward Wolff

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    The growth information workers in the US economy during the postwar period and a statistical analysis on the sources of growth are discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on the post-1980 period which experienced tremendous growth in the use of computers in production, being termed as a new 'techno-economic paradigm' based on computer-driven information technology. The occupation of the workers are aggregated into knowledge production, data processing, services and good production. Knowledge workers grew as a share of total employment in each of the five decades and were the fastest-growing group in all but the 1950's. The information explosion is a result of both the substitution of information labor within production and changes in the composition of output. It is likely that outsourcing trend will continue and that the rate of growth in jobs for knowledge workers in the US will be reduced in future.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)37-42
    Number of pages6
    JournalCommunications of the ACM
    Volume48
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2005

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    Information Technology
    Explosion
    Explosions
    Statistical Analysis
    Information technology
    Substitution
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    Personnel
    Economics
    Output
    Chemical analysis
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    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Software
    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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    The growth of information workers in the U.S. economy. / Wolff, Edward.

    In: Communications of the ACM, Vol. 48, No. 10, 2005, p. 37-42.

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    Wolff, Edward. / The growth of information workers in the U.S. economy. In: Communications of the ACM. 2005 ; Vol. 48, No. 10. pp. 37-42.
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