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Directed technological change with costly investment and complementarities, and the skill premium

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  • Elena Sochirca

    () (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • Óscar Afonso

    () (CEF.UP, OBEGEF, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • Pedro Mazeda Gil

    () (CEFUP, Faculdade de Economia do Porto, Portugal)

Abstract

We develop an extended directed technological change model with R&D driven growth to analyze the growth rate, technological-knowledge bias, skill premium and industrial structure, assuming: (i) complementarities between intermediate goods in production, and (ii) internal costly investment. We find that complementarities directly affect equilibrium technological-knowledge bias, both elements influence equilibrium growth rate and neither affects skill premium and industrial structure. We also find that equilibrium skill premium is independent of relative labour endowments, being determined solely by workers' productivities, suggesting that the persisting increase in wage inequality observed in several developed countries over the last decades may have been due to increases in productivity advantages of skilled workers favoured by technological development.

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  • Elena Sochirca & Óscar Afonso & Pedro Mazeda Gil, 2011. "Directed technological change with costly investment and complementarities, and the skill premium," FEP Working Papers 401, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  • Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:401
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    1. Patrick Francois & Huw Lloyd-Ellis, 2009. "Schumpeterian Business Cycles with Pro-Cyclical R&D," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 12(4), pages 567-591, October.
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    1. Pedro Mazeda Gil & Oscar Afonso & Paulo Brito, 2012. "Scale Effects, Relative Supply of Skills, Industrial Structure and Endogenous Growth," DEGIT Conference Papers c017_028, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
    2. Pedro Mazeda Gil & Oscar Afonso & Paulo B. Vasconcelos, 2015. "Skill-Structure Shocks, the Share of the High-Tech Sector and Economic Growth Dynamics," FEP Working Papers 554, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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    Keywords

    technological-knowledge bias; skill premium; complementarities; costly investment; vertical and horizontal R&D;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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