Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20159
Authors: 
Falk, Martin
Koebel, Bertrand M.
Year of Publication: 
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

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