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Working on the Train? Skill Upgrading and Technical Progress in Italian Manufacturing Firms

Paolo Manasse and Luca Stanca ()

Rivista di Politica Economica, 2006, vol. 96, issue 3, 279-308

Abstract: This paper investigates the increase in the relative demand for nonmanual workers using a large panel of Italian manufacturing firms over the 1990s. The results indicate that "within-firm" skill upgrading was the main determinant of this increase, with hightech firms playing a leading role in this process. By contrast,"between-firm" employment shifts have reduced the relative demand for skills. Firm-level skill upgrading took place on both the extensive margin (employment) and the intensive margin (hours worked), and is significantly related to investment in computers and R&D.

JEL-codes: J21 J31 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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