New Technologies and the Demand for Medium Qualified Labour in Germany

22 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2002

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Peter Jacobebbinghaus

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics; Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Date Written: April 27, 2001

Abstract

The literature on skill-biased technological change concentrates on highly skilled and unskilled employees. It is unclear, however, if the employment opportunities of the majority of the labour force in Germany - employees with a degree from the dual apprenticeship system - increase or not. In addition, estimation and data problems are addressed in a topical and rich data set. The paper shows that innovation expenditures and investments in information and communication technologies lead to lower medium skilled employee shares, whereas other investments lead to higher shares.

Keywords: Dual apprenticeship system, qualification demand, innovation

JEL Classification: C24, J23, O32

Suggested Citation

Jacobebbinghaus, Peter and Zwick, Thomas, New Technologies and the Demand for Medium Qualified Labour in Germany (April 27, 2001). ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=331681 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.331681

Peter Jacobebbinghaus (Contact Author)

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics ( email )

Sanderring 2
Wuerzburg, D-97070
Germany

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, MD6200
Netherlands

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