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Exploring the Sources of Skill-Biased Technical Change: A Firm Performance Perspective

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The literature on skill-biased technical change has examined the role of skills in the adoption of new technology. Here the focus is on the creation of new technology, that is, innovation. Low skill firms are hypothesized to benefit less from innovation activities, particularly collaborative research and development (R&D). In other words, skills and innovation are complementary. Complementarities associated with innovation may generate persistent differences in firm behavior and performance. Results from a panel of manufacturing firms indicate that technical skills reinforce the profitability effects of innovation and R&D collaboration. Skills, collaboration, and innovation form a system of interdependent activities.

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  • Leiponen, Aija, 2002. "Exploring the Sources of Skill-Biased Technical Change: A Firm Performance Perspective," Working Papers 127282, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
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    Cited by:

    1. Fibla Gasparín, Ma. Teresa, 2010. "Productivity in southern European small firms: When and how work organization complements process innovation," Working Papers 2072/179600, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
    2. Aija Leiponen, 2005. "Core complementarities of the corporation: organization of an innovating firm," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(6), pages 351-365.

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    Keywords

    Innovation; R&D collaboration; skills; complementarities; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; O12; O15; O31; O32; O33;

    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • 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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