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Innovation, Employment and Skills in Advanced and Developing Countries: A Survey of the Literature

  • Vivarelli, Marco


    (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

This paper critically discusses the theoretical and empirical literature on the quantitative and qualitative employment impact of technological change, compares the relative explanatory power of the competing theories, and explains in detail the macro and micro evidence on the issue, with reference both to the advanced economies and the developing countries (DCs).

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Issues, 2014, 48 (1), 123-154
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6291
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