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This paper analyses the link between the high-skilled employment share and the level of investment in information technology (IT) in the service production process. The analysis is based on an unbalanced panel data set for 933 West German firms over the period 1994-1996. To account for firms which do not employ high-skilled labor, proxied by university(More)
In the EU, most large firms use e-business applications, such as enterprise resource planning and online procurement. Based on e-business watch data for EU-4 (Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom) we find that the actual use of enterprise resource planning and online procurement is positively correlated with labour productivity growth. Furthermore,(More)
Using a unique database of 85 ski resorts and 1,524 lifts and cable cars in Austria, we investigate the relationship between lift ticket prices for the 2005-2006 season and factors that influence the quality of ski resorts. We estimate a hedonic price function using OLS and robust regression techniques on length of ski runs, transport capacity (measured as(More)
Abstract. This paper re-examines the determinants of growth of GDP per capita using panel data for OECD countries for the period 1970–1999 with data averaged over five-year periods from new perspectives. First, we introduce indicators of innovation input and technological specialization simultaneously into the empirical growth equation. Second, we employ(More)
We show that two-dimensional mechanical lattices can generically display topologically protected bulk zero-energy phonon modes at isolated points in the Brillouin zone, analogs of massless fermion modes of Weyl semimetals. We focus on deformed square lattices as the simplest Maxwell lattices, characterized by equal numbers of constraints and degrees of(More)
The Impact of Office Machinery and Computer Capital on the Demand for Heterogeneous Labour We study the impact of office and computing machinery (OCM) on the demands for workers with different educational levels. The empirical analysis relies on a system of demand equations that nests the translog, the generalised Leontief and the normalised quadratic(More)
2011, Vol. 147 (3) 303–336 a Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Arsenal Objekt 20, A-1030 Vienna, Austria, E-mail: Martin.Falk@wifo.ac.at. I would like to thank two anonymous referees for valuable comments on an earlier draft. I would also like to thank Massimo Filippini, Rico Maggi, Wilfried Puhwein, and Laurent Vanat for their helpful(More)
Reputation indexes of employment protection have proven popular constructs in studies of the covariation of labor market institutions and macroeconomic outcomes. Portugal occupies an unenviable rank order in such measures of the stringency of employment protection. We critique this reputation in two ways: first, by offering a modicum of 'corrective'(More)
Between 1993 and 1995, the majority of German firms in services introduced new organizational practices (OC), in particular total quality management systems, certified ISO 9000, lean administration, flatter hierarchies, delegation of authority and ICT-enabled organizational changes). This paper analyzes the impact of organizational change as well as the(More)
The study examines the impact of Austrian outward foreign direct investments (FDI) on home based parent company employment. The analysis is based on the AMADEUS firm-level database and an improved methodology by applying matching methods and the difference in difference estimator. In this way we are able to overcome the major shortcomings of earlier studies(More)