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Innovation and employment: an introduction


  • Giovanni Dosi
  • Pierre Mohnen


The eight papers of this ICC Special Section address the relationships between innovation of different kinds—related to products, processes, or organizational arrangements—in their effects on job creation and job destruction at the level of both firm and whole sectors, in a wide range of countries from all continents except North America and Oceania. The evidence suggests that product innovation as such does not lead to job destruction but possibly to a polarization of jobs. The effects of process innovation are more controversial. At a purely firm level, a significant negative effect on employment is often absent. However, this does not rule out the possibility of industry-wide labor shedding outcomes. Finally, the evidence so far suggests that a driver of employment dynamics in Western advanced economies much more powerful than the patterns of innovation has been exerted by globalization and offshoring to competition from emerging economies like China.

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  • Giovanni Dosi & Pierre Mohnen, 2019. "Innovation and employment: an introduction," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 28(1), pages 45-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:28:y:2019:i:1:p:45-49.

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    1. Giovanni Dosi & Mariacristina Piva & Maria Enrica Virgillito & Marco Vivarelli, 2019. "Technology and employment in a vertically connected economy: a model and an empirical test," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Politica Economica dipe0005, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    2. Dosi, Giovanni & Piva, Mariacristina & Virgillito, Maria Enrica & Vivarelli, Marco, 2019. "Embodied and Disembodied Technological Change: The Sectoral Patterns of Job-Creation and Job-Destruction," IZA Discussion Papers 12408, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes


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