Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36093
Authors: 
Almeida, Rita K.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4474
Abstract: 
This paper asks whether the increased openness and technological innovation in East Asia have contributed to an increased demand for skills in the region. We explore a unique firm level data set across eight countries. Our results strongly support the idea that greater openness and technology adoption have increased the demand for skills, especially in middle income countries. Moreover, while the presence in international markets has been skill enhancing for most middle income countries, this has not been the case for manufacturing firms operating in China and in low-income countries. If international integration in the region intensifies further and technology continues to be skilled biased, policies aimed at mitigating skills shortages in the region should produce continual and persistent increases in skills.
Subjects: 
Demand for skills
foreign direct investment
exports
firm level data
JEL: 
J23
J24
J31
O33
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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