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Employment Effects of Innovation at the Firm Level

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  • Stefan Lachenmaier
  • Horst Rottmann

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This paper analyzes empirically the effects of innovation on employment at the firm level using a uniquely long panel dataset of German manufacturing firms. The overall effect of innovations on employment often remains unclear in theoretical contributions due to reverse effects. We distinguish between product and process innovations and introduce in addition different innovation categories. We find clearly positive effects for product and process innovations on employment growth with the effects for process innovations being slightly higher. The effects are stronger in small firms and differ between firms in former West and East Germany.

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  • Stefan Lachenmaier & Horst Rottmann, 2006. "Employment Effects of Innovation at the Firm Level," ifo Working Paper Series 27, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
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    Keywords

    innovation; labour demand; employment; firm size; panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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