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Employment and Technological Change: On the Geography of Labour Market Adjustments

Luisa  Gagliardi,  October 2014
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Keywords: Local labour market, employment, technological change, skills

JEL Classification: R12; R23; R21; O33; J24

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Abstract:

This paper investigates the impact of technological change on local labour market outcomes in Britain. Using a newly assembled panel database for the period 2000-2007 and a directly observed measure of technological change based on patent records, the analysis suggests that employment levels are relatively lower in places that are more exposed to technological shocks depending on their existing industrial specialization. Results also suggest that the magnitude of the impact varies across locations and typologies of workers. The negative impact on employment is particularly evident in areas characterized by weaker agglomeration economies and specialization in mature industries and for intermediate skilled individuals employed in “routinary” activities