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Technical progress and labour demand in Swedish manufacturing firms
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. (Nationalekonomi)
2008 (English)In: Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, ISSN 1566-1679, E-ISSN 1573-7012, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 147-167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Controlling firms’ sales in the labour demand model, this paper investigates effects of trade and R&D via technical progress on labour demand in a dynamic framework, based on a panel of Swedish manufacturing firms for 1990s. The main results of this study indicate that employment elasticities with respect to different characteristics of firms (wages, total sales, exports and R&D efforts) and industrial import penetration could vary across respective skilled sectors. There is some indication to that import penetration from fourteen ‘old members’ of European Union could induce capital-saving technical progress and result in the rise in demand for labour for firms in medium-low skilled sector, whilst those from the ten ‘new members’ of European Union could induce x-efficiency and labour-saving technical progress for firms in low-skilled sector. Furthermore, the effects of R&D intensity on demand for labour are positive and significant for firms in medium-high-skilled and high-skilled sectors.

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2008. Vol. 8, no 2, p. 147-167
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Economics Social Sciences
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-5039DOI: 10.1007/s10842-007-0009-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-5039DiVA, id: diva2:139437
Available from: 2009-01-22 Created: 2009-01-22 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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