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Title:The Impact of Office Machinery and Computer Capital on the Demand for Heterogeneous Labour PDF Logo
Authors:Falk, Martin
Koebel, Bertrand M.
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 873
Abstract:We study the impact of office and computing machinery (OCM) on the demands for workers with different educational levels. The empirical analysis relies on a system of demand equations that nests the translog, the generalised Leontief and the normalised quadratic specifications. Using panel data on 35 German industries, we find little evidence for a robust substitutability relationship between unskilled workers and OCM capital in manufacturing industries. In the non-manufacturing sector, however, we find some evidence for substitutability between OCM capital and unskilled workers.
Subjects:skill-biased technological change
capital-skill complementarity
JEL:O33
J23
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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