ERIC Number: ED113546
Record Type: RIE
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Adjustment to Technological Change: Summary and Policy Implications.
Mangum, Garth L.
A supplement to the report on adjustment to technological change, the document reviews policies of recent years related to adjustment to technological change and the added implications of the Blair and Fechter studies ("Mechanisms for Aiding Worker Adjustment to Technological Change" by Larry M. Blair and "Forecasting the Impact of Technological Change on Manpower Utilization and Displacement: An Analytic Summary" by Alan Fechter). The author concludes that, despite concern generated by the unemployment issue at the beginning of the 1960's, little was done through public policy to aid worker adjustment to technological change. Displacement, rather than neglect, was viewed as the economic and social malady; whether the displacement had technological or other roots was incidental. However, considerable progress was made on behalf of displaced and unplaced individuals during the Manpower Decade, 1960-70. Reviews of post-1965 literature on worker adjustment to technological change by Blair and Fechter further support the fact that technological change is just one of the factors determining future manpower requirements. Fechter feels that, given the general mobility and adaptability of the United States labor force, improvement of forecast methodology is not a high priority need. Nine recommendations related to the issue conclude the report. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Office of National Research and Development Assessment.
Note: For the complete study and its annotated bibliography, see CE 005 082-083