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Does Importing Intermediates Increase the Demand for Skilled Workers? Plant-level Evidence from Indonesia

Hiroyuki Kasahara (), Yawen Liang () and Joel Rodrigue ()

No 4463, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: This paper examines whether importing has contributed to skill upgrading among Indonesian plants. Our data records the distribution of years of employee schooling in each plant. We examine how importing affects the demand for highly educated workers within both production and non-production occupation categories at the plant level. We estimate a model of importing and skill-biased technological change in which selection into importing arises due to unobservable heterogenous returns from importing. We find that importing has substantially increased the relative demand for educated production workers, but has had little impact on the demand for educated non-production workers.

JEL-codes: F16 J23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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