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Internal And External Adjustment To New Technologies

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  • Lutz Bellmann
  • Tito Boeri

Schumpeterian creative destruction occurs not only at the industry level, but also with each firm trying to maintain or improve its position in the technology race. Based on a rich data set on more than 4,000 German business units, this paper shows that the simultaneous occurrence of hiring and separations is more likely in firms with the most advanced technologies in use than in units more distant from the technological frontier. This positive relation between technological advance and creative destruction documented also by churning and 'excess job reallocation equations - holds particularly in recovery years, while it is weak during a recession. The explanation provided for this finding in the paper is that firms can also improve technologies by upgrading machinery and/or retraining workers, and these 'implementation' costs arc likely to be lower during economic downturns.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economics of Innovation and New Technology.

Volume (Year): 5 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2-4 ()
Pages: 325-343

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Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:5:y:1998:i:2-4:p:325-343
DOI: 10.1080/10438599800000010
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