This paper studies the effect of imported inputs on the relative demand for high-skill labor. To this purpose, it applies propensity score matching techniques to firm-level data for 27 transition countries. The results show that importing inputs induces skill upgrading. Specifically, it explains more than one-quarter of the unconditional difference between importers and non-importers in the employment share of high-skill workers. The paper explores possible mechanisms behind this result. In particular, it reports suggestive evidence that importing leads firms to engage in high-skill intensive activities, such as production of new goods, improvement of product quality and, to a lesser extent, R&D and technology adoption.

Crino', R., Imported Inputs and Skill Upgrading, <<LABOUR ECONOMICS>>, 2012; (Dicembre): 957-969 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/67076]

Imported Inputs and Skill Upgrading

Crino', Rosario
2012

Abstract

This paper studies the effect of imported inputs on the relative demand for high-skill labor. To this purpose, it applies propensity score matching techniques to firm-level data for 27 transition countries. The results show that importing inputs induces skill upgrading. Specifically, it explains more than one-quarter of the unconditional difference between importers and non-importers in the employment share of high-skill workers. The paper explores possible mechanisms behind this result. In particular, it reports suggestive evidence that importing leads firms to engage in high-skill intensive activities, such as production of new goods, improvement of product quality and, to a lesser extent, R&D and technology adoption.
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Crino', R., Imported Inputs and Skill Upgrading, <<LABOUR ECONOMICS>>, 2012; (Dicembre): 957-969 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/67076]
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