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Employment Growth and Innovation at the Firm Level


  • Brouwer, Erik
  • Kleinknecht, Alfred
  • Reijnen, Jeroen O N


We analyze the influence of innovation on growth rates of employment in 859 Dutch manufacturing firms over the period 1983-1988. Whereas, the (growth of the) R&D intensity of firms has a slightly negative impact on employment, we find that firms with a high share of product-related R&D (as a proxi of R&D related to industrial activities in an early stage of the life cycle) experienced an above average growth of employment. The same holds for firms which directed their R&D towards information technology. Smaller firms have, ceteris paribus, substantially higher growth rates of employment than their larger counterparts. Against our expectations, R&D cooperation has no significant impact on employment growth. The same holds for activities in the fields of biotechnology and new materials.

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  • Brouwer, Erik & Kleinknecht, Alfred & Reijnen, Jeroen O N, 1993. "Employment Growth and Innovation at the Firm Level," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 3(2), pages 153-159, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:3:y:1993:i:2:p:153-59

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