(), Fredrik Sjöholm
(), Carl Davidson
(), Steven Matusz
() and Susan Chun Zhu
Fredrik Heyman: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden
Fredrik Sjöholm: Lund University
Carl Davidson: Michigan State University
Steven Matusz: Michigan State University
Susan Chun Zhu: Michigan State University
Abstract: Global engagement can impact firm organization and the occupations firms need. We use a simple task-based model of the firm’s choice of occupational inputs to examine how that choice varies with global engagement. We reveal a robust and causal relationship between global engagement and the skill mix of occupations within firms, using Swedish matched employer-employee data that link firms and the labor force for 1997-2005. Taking an instrumental variable approach, we find that increased export shares (driven by higher world import demand) skew the labor mix more toward high-skill occupations. Our results suggest that global engagement may require firms to employ more skilled labor to undertake complex tasks embodied in international businesses, which have further implications for the demand for specific occupational skills and overall wage dispersion.
40 pages, First version: May 27, 2014. Revised: August 29, 2017.
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