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Assuring SME’s Sustainable Competitiveness in the Digital Era: A Labor Policy between Guaranteed Minimum Wage and ICT Skill Mismatch

Alexandru Avram (), Marco Benvenuto (), Costin Daniel Avram () and Ginevra Gravili ()
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Alexandru Avram: Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, West University of Timisoara, 300115 Timisoara, Romania
Marco Benvenuto: Department of Economics, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Costin Daniel Avram: Department of Economics, Accounting and International Affairs, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, 200585 Craiova, Romania
Ginevra Gravili: Department of Economics, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 10, 1-20

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyze the real impact of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) skills mismatch on SME’s (small and medium enterprises) sustainable competitiveness in the presence of a guaranteed minimum wage. As part of public policies—the minimum wage needs to maintain a balance between increasing employment and not being a burden for the companies, leading them to bankruptcies, especially in times of disruptive change, in which economies have to be more resilient. The rapid progress in information and communication technologies has dramatically redefined rising unemployment as a result of skills mismatch. This paper aims to understand, on the one hand, whether there is a match between the supply demand of ICT skills, and how increasingly powerful digital technologies affect the skills, jobs, and demand for human labor. On the other hand, it aims to understand whether increasing productivity and a fair minimum wage could be an integrated approach for stimulating SME’s in increasing sustainable competitiveness.

Keywords: ICT skills mismatch; guaranteed minimum wage; SME’s sustainable competitiveness; employment; public policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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