Imported Inputs and Skill Upgrading

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Abstract

This paper studies the effect of imported inputs on the relative demand for high-skill labor. To this purpose, it applies propensity score matching techniques to firm-level data for 27 transition countries. The results show that importing inputs induces skill upgrading. Specifically, it explains more than one-quarter of the unconditional difference between importers and non-importers in the employment share of high-skill workers. The paper explores possible mechanisms behind this result. In particular, it reports suggestive evidence that importing leads firms to engage in high-skill intensive activities, such as production of new goods, improvement of product quality and, to a lesser extent, R&D and technology adoption.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)957-969
Numero di pagine13
RivistaLabour Economics
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012

Keywords

  • Imported inputs
  • Relative demand for high-skill labor

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