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The Skill Bias: Comparative evidence and an econometric test

  • Mariacristina Piva
  • Marco Vivarelli

Many empirical studies have shown how technological change, organisational change and globalisation can be alternatively (or jointly) seen as causes of skill bias. In this paper, after discussing some evidence on the G7 countries which shows a clear upskilling trend in manufacturing industries over the 1980s, an illustrative example is provided.The panel analysis of a sample of 488 Italian manufacturing firms shows how the upskilling trend of employment is a function of the reorganisational strategy adopted by firms, while technological change and FDI seem to play negligible roles.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Review of Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 347-357

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Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:16:y:2002:i:3:p:347-357
DOI: 10.1080/02692170210136163
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