Innovation, Small Firm Change, and Employment of Academic Skills

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This paper starts from samples of economic literature hypothesizing and partly establishing a positive relationship between innovation, firm level change, and skill-bias. Confronting this literature with Danish empirics, and literature on small business economics, a research question on the generalizability of skill-bias emerge. Finally, taking advantage of unique Danish data, the empirical part of the paper reports findings indicating an increased likelihood of innovative small firms to hire a first academically skilled worker when compared to non-innovative counterparts. These findings generally support the literature on skill-bias, but some qualifying aspects from a small firm perspective are also stated.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2006
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Schumpeter Society Conference - Nice, France
Duration: 21 Jun 200624 Jun 2006
Conference number: 11


ConferenceInternational Schumpeter Society Conference


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Nielsen, R. N. (2006). Innovation, Small Firm Change, and Employment of Academic Skills. Paper presented at International Schumpeter Society Conference, Nice, France.