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Towards Upgrading or Polarization in the Swedish Occupational Structure?


For several years, there has been an intense discussion on the effects of technological change, in particular the impact of digitalization. Many scholars believe we are now in a period when new digital devices will reshape working life profoundly. Some are hopeful and state that jobs are generally being upgraded - new and better jobs are growing. Others see a more troublesome future with disappearance of jobs and a more polarized and unequal labour market - both good and bad jobs are on the rise.

This full-day seminar focuses on the development in Sweden in the last decades. Which jobs tend to increase and which tend to decrease? Do we see more jobs with high salaries and good work environment? Or is it mainly low-status occupations that have expanded in the last decades? And how does the development of the Swedish labour market appear from an international perspective?


Towards upgrading or polarization?
- Changes in the Swedish Occupational Structure
from an International Perspective


09:30 Coffee

10:00 Welcome - Bengt Furåker, Director of Work and Employment Research Centre (WE)

10:10 Towards Upgrading or Polarization? Changes in the Swedish Occupational Structure 1997-2015.
Tomas Berglund, Professor of Sociology, University of Gothenburg.

11:00 Shifts in the employment structure in the EU: upgrading or polarisation?
John Hurley, Research Manager, Eurofound

11:45-13:15 Lunch

13:15 Dazzled by gender: the illusion of job polarization.
Michael Tåhlin, Professor of Sociology, SOFI, Stockholm University

14:00 The Distribution of Occupational Prestige on a Sex Segregated and Polarized Labor Market
Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson, Associate Professor, and Erica Nordlander, PhD, University of Gothenburg

14:30 Coffee

15:00 Job Polarization: an irresistible result of technological Change?
Jon Erik Dølvik, Senior Researcher, Fafo, Oslo.

15:45 Occupational trajectories of working conditions in Sweden - Development trends in the Swedish workforce between 1997-2015.
Linda Corin, PhD and Lisa Björk, PhD, Institute of Stress Medicine, Västra Götalandsregionen

16:15 Ending, Bengt Furåker


Date: October 22nd 9:30 - 16:30
Venue: Volvosalen, Handelshögskolan, Vasagatan 1, Göteborg

The seminar is free of charge and is open for all who are interested. Register no later than 14th October. Link to registration form

If you have any questions, welcome to contact Moa Persson, moa.persson@gu.se


Datum: 2019-10-22

Tid: 09:30 - 16:30

Kategorier: Forskning

Arrangör: Work and Employment Research Center

Plats: Handelshögskolan, Vasagatan 1

Kontaktperson: Bengt Furåker

Telefon: 031-786 4801


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