The Impact of Information Technology on High-Skilled Labor in Services: Evidence from Firm-Level Panel Data


Falk, Martin ; Seim, Katja


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/585
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-5854
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1999
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: L8 J23 O33 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland <Westliche Länder> , Informationstechnik , Fertigkeit , Dienstleistungssektor
Abstract: This paper analyses the link between the high-skilled employment share and the level of investment in information technology (IT) in the service production process. The analysis is based on an unbalanced panel data set for 933 West German firms over the period 1994-1996. To account for firms which do not employ high-skilled labor, proxied by university graduates, fixed and random effects Tobit models are applied. We investigate whether the importance of IT varies across subsectors by allowing coefficients to differ across the main service sector industries. The empirical evidence indicates that firms with a higher IT investment to output ratio employ a larger fraction of high-skilled workers. However, the size of the IT effect on skill intensity is rather small.
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