Flexible Labor and Innovation Performance: Evidence from Longitudinal Firm-Level Data
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
ReflecT, Tilburg University; Economics of Innovation, Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology - Economics of Innovation
21 2010 1,
ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2010-007-ORG
Firms with high shares of workers on fixed-term contracts have significantly higher sales of imitative new products but perform significantly worse on sales of inno¬va¬tive new products (“first on the market”). High functional flexibility in “insider-outsider” la¬bor markets enhances a firm’s new product sales, as do training efforts and highly edu¬ca¬¬ted personnel. We find weak evidence that larger and older firms have higher new pro¬duct sales than do younger and smaller firms. Our findings should be food for thought to eco-nomists making unqualified pleas for the deregulation of labor markets.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: J5, M5, O15, O31, innovation performance, new product sales, numerical flexibility, OSA longitudinal dataset, SMEs
JEL Classification: M13, O32, M, O31
Date posted: February 9, 2010
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