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Authors: 
Schulte, Patrick
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 15-088
Abstract: 
This paper studies the question whether skill-biased technical change diffuses internationally and that way contributes to the increasing relative skill demand in other countries. So far, the role of skill-biased technology diffusion has hardly been studied empirically. Using new sectoral data for a panel of 40 emerging and developed countries, 30 industries (covering manufacturing and service industries) and 13 years (1995-2007), the analysis shows that skill-biased technology diffusion is statistically and economically important in explaining skill-biased technical change. Countries further away from the skill-specific technological frontier subsequently show higher skill-specific productivity growth. For that, the bilateral distance between two countries proves to be an important mediating factor, whereas intersectoral trade linkages, so far, explain only a small part of it. The main results hold for both, developed and emerging countries.
Subjects: 
skill-biased technical change
technology diffusion
distance
inputoutput linkages
industry-level data
emerging and developed countries
JEL: 
F16
J24
O14
O33
C67
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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