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The Job Creation Effect of R&D Expenditures

  • Bogliacino, Francesco


    (Universidad EAFIT)

  • Vivarelli, Marco


    (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

In this study we use a unique database covering 25 manufacturing and service sectors for 16 European countries over the period 1996-2005, for a total of 2,295 observations, and apply GMM-SYS panel estimations of a demand-for-labour equation augmented with technology. We find that R&D expenditures have a job-creating effect, in accordance with the previous theoretical and empirical literature discussed in the paper. Interestingly enough, the labour-friendly nature of R&D emerges in both the flow and the stock specifications. These findings provide further justification for the European Lisbon-Barcelona targets.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4728.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Publication status: published in: Australian Economic Papers, 2012, 51 (2), 96-113
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4728
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