Are ICT Displacing Workers? Evidence from Seven European Countries
30 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2015
Date Written: July 1, 2014
This paper examines whether ICT substitute labour and reduce the demand for labour. We used firm-level comparable data separately for firms in manufacturing, services and ICT-producing sectors from seven European countries. We adopted a common methodology and applied it to a unique dataset provided by the ESSLait Project on Linking Microdata. We controlled for unobservable time-invariant firm-specific effects and we found no evidence of a negative relationship between intensity of ICT use and employment growth. We read this as an indication that ICT use is not reducing employment among ICT using firms.
Keywords: Labour Demand, Technology Change, ICT
JEL Classification: J23, J24, O33, L86
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