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New technologies and the demand for medium qualified labour in Germany

Peter Jacobebbinghaus and Thomas Zwick ()

No 01-12, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: The literature on skill-biased technological change concentrates on highly skilled and unskilled employees. It is unclear, however, if the employment opportunities of the majority of the labour force in Germany-employees with a degree from the dual apprenticeship system-increase or not. In addition, estimation and data problems are addressed in a topical and rich data set. The paper shows that innovation expenditures and investments in information and communication technologies lead to lower medium skilled employee shares, whereas other investments lead to higher shares.

Keywords: Dual apprenticeship system; qualification demand; innovation; CLAD; SCLS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 C24 J23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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