Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51590
Authors: 
Maré, David C.
Fabling, Richard
Stillman, Steven
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5686
Abstract: 
We combine firm-level innovation data with area-level Census data to examine the relationship between local workforce characteristics, especially the presence of immigrants and local skills, and the likelihood of innovation by firms. We examine a range of innovation outcomes, and test the relationship for selected subgroups of firms. We find a positive relationship between local workforce characteristics and average innovation outcomes in labour market areas, but this is accounted for by variation in firm characteristics such as firm size, industry, and research and development expenditure. Controlling for these influences, we find no systematic evidence of an independent link between local workforce characteristics and innovation.
Subjects: 
innovation
immigration
local labour market
JEL: 
O31
R30
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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