This paper explores the employment impact of innovation activity, taking into account both R&D expenditures and embodied technological change (ETC). We use a novel panel dataset covering 265 innovative Italian firms over the period 1998-2010. The main outcome from the proposed fixed effect estimations is a labor-friendly nature of total innovation expenditures; however, this positive effect is barely significant when the sole in-house R&D expenditures are considered and fades away when ETC is included as a proxy for innovation activities. Moreover, the positive employment impacts of innovation activities and R&D expenditures are totally due to firms operating in high-tech industries and large companies, while no jobcreation due to technical change is detectable in traditional sectors and SMEs.

Barbieri, L., Piva, M., Vivarelli, M., R&D, Embodied Technological Change and Employment: Evidence from Italian Microdata, <<IZA Discussion Papers>>, 2016; 2016 (10354): 1-32 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/95374]

R&D, Embodied Technological Change and Employment: Evidence from Italian Microdata

Barbieri, Laura
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Piva, Mariacristina
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Vivarelli, Marco
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2016

Abstract

This paper explores the employment impact of innovation activity, taking into account both R&D expenditures and embodied technological change (ETC). We use a novel panel dataset covering 265 innovative Italian firms over the period 1998-2010. The main outcome from the proposed fixed effect estimations is a labor-friendly nature of total innovation expenditures; however, this positive effect is barely significant when the sole in-house R&D expenditures are considered and fades away when ETC is included as a proxy for innovation activities. Moreover, the positive employment impacts of innovation activities and R&D expenditures are totally due to firms operating in high-tech industries and large companies, while no jobcreation due to technical change is detectable in traditional sectors and SMEs.
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Barbieri, L., Piva, M., Vivarelli, M., R&D, Embodied Technological Change and Employment: Evidence from Italian Microdata, <>, 2016; 2016 (10354): 1-32 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/95374]
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