Division of labour

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Division of labour is the specialization of cooperative labour in specific, circumscribed tasks and like roles. Historically an increasingly complex division of labor is closely associated with the growth of total output and trade, the rise of capitalism, and of the complexity of industrialization processes. Division of labor was also a method used by the sumerians to categorize different jobs, and divide them to skilled members of a society.

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Trade and economic interdependence

The division of labour makes trade necessary and is the source of economic interdependence.

Division of labor is a process whereby the production process is broken down into a sequence of stages and workers are assigned to particular stages.

Global division of labour

There exist, as yet, few comprehensive studies of the global division of labour (an intellectual challenge for researchers), although the ILO and national statistical offices can provide plenty of data on request for those who wish to try.

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