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The impact of innovation on employment: firm- and industry-level evidence from Estonia

  • Jaanika Meriküll

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    This paper investigates the implication of innovation on employment at the firm and industry levels. The paper contributes to the literature in two respects. First, it proceeds from the data of a catch-up country undergoing a very rapid economic development. Most of the empirical investigations use data from developed and technologically leading countries. The second contribution concerns the nature of the data in use; we develop a unique database merging the data of the Estonian Commercial Register with two consecutive Estonian Community Innovation Surveys (CIS), the CISIII for 1998-2000 and CISIV for 2002-2004. Our results coincide with the results on developed economies in the respect that innovation activity has a positive effect on employment and that product innovation has a stronger and a more positive employment effect. Both of these effects are consistent over firm and industry levels. This result is also confirmed by the insignificance of the spillover effects of an industry's innovation on employment by firms

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    Paper provided by Bank of Estonia in its series Bank of Estonia Working Papers with number 2008-01.

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    Date of creation: 30 Oct 2008
    Date of revision: 30 Oct 2008
    Handle: RePEc:eea:boewps:wp2008-1
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