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James HARRIGAN (University of Virginia ) “Techies, Trade, and Skill-Biased Productivity: Firm Level Evidence from France”

October 8, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Time: 12:15pm – 13:30 pm
Date: 08 of October 2018
Place: Room 3001

James HARRIGAN (University of Virginia ) “Techies, Trade, and Skill-Biased Productivity: Firm Level Evidence from France”

Abstract : We study the impact of firm level decisions on ICT, R&D, exporting and importing on the
evolution of productivity and its bias towards skilled occupations. We use a novel measure of
the propensity of a fi rm to engage in technology investment and adoption: its employment of
“techies”, who are workers with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills and
experience. We develop a methodology for estimating fi rm level productivity that allows us
to measure both Hicks-neutral and skill-augmenting technology differences, and apply this to
administrative data on French firms in the entire private sector from 2009 to 2013. Our results
indicate an important role for techies and for importing of intermediate inputs on skill-biased
productivity growth; imports are also associated with greater Hicks-neutral productivity growth.
The techie and trade effects are large, and can account for much of the aggregate increase in
skilled employment from 2009 to 2013.

 

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Date:
October 8
Time:
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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Organizers

Edouard CHALLE
Julien PRAT