Employment Effects of Innovation Activities

Part of the ZEW Economic Studies book series (ZEW, volume 38)


The question of how technological progress affects the employment situation is an old one and has long been the focus of theoretical and empirical industrial organisation research as well as lively public discussions.33 The controversial debates on this issue mainly result from the fact that, from a theoretical point of view, different channels exist through which innovations can destroy existing jobs (displacement effects) but that there are also several mechanisms through which innovations may create new jobs (compensation effects). In addition, product and process innovations influence employment via different channels. The overall impact depends on a number of firm-, sector- as well as country-specific factors.


Service Sector Instrumental Variable Process Innovation Product Innovation Innovation Activity 
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  1. 33.
    For a historical overview, see Petit (1995) or Freeman and Soete (1997).Google Scholar
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    Closely related to the aspect of the shift in the labour demand from low-to high-skilled personnel is the increasing inequality of the relative wages across skill groups (see, e.g., Fitzenberger, 1999).Google Scholar
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    Traditionally, patents have been used as an indicator to measure innovation output. However, patent-based indicators have been heavily criticised as being a poor measure of innovative outcome (see Griliches, 1990).Google Scholar
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    See figures on the labour force development in Fachserie 1, Reihe 4.2.1 published by Statistisches Bundesamt (a) or Peters (2003). Moreover, one can observe an employment shift within the manufacturing as well as service sector to more knowledge-intensive branches; see Pfeiffer and Falk (1999).Google Scholar
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    The DWH test is based on an artificial regression by including the predicted value of the endogenous right-hand-side variable (as a function of all exogenous variables) in a regression of the original model and applying an F test for significance of the additional regressor (see Davidson and MacKinnon, 1993). Using, for instance, the instruments proposed in regression (2) in Tables 3.7 and 3.8, the DWH statistic was 44.74 (p-value: 0.000) in manufacturing and 8.60 (0.003) in services; using the preferred instruments of regression (6), the corresponding figures were 4.46 (0.035) and 7.14 (0.008).Google Scholar
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    Hahn and Hausman (2002) suggest a sequential test procedure. If the null hypothesis of this test has been rejected, a similar specification test based on second-order unbiased Nagar-estimators should be carried out. If the second test has not led to a rejection of the null hypothesis, the limited-information maximum likelihood (LIML) estimator as the optimal combination of Nagar-estimators should be applied. If the second test has likewise failed, none of these estimators should be used at all.Google Scholar
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