A Theory of Defensive Skill-Biased Innovation and Globalization

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Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
A Theory of Defensive Skill-Biased Innovation and Globalization
Périodique
American Economic Review
Auteur(s)
Thoenig  M., Verdier  T.
ISSN
0002-8282
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
06/2003
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
93
Numéro
3
Pages
709-728
Langue
anglais
Résumé
This paper considers a dynamic model of innovations in which firms can endogenously bias the direction of technological change. Both in a North-North and North-South context, we show that, when globalization triggers an increased threat of technological leapfrogging or imitation, firms tend to respond to that threat by biasing the direction of their innovations towards skilled-labor-intensive technologies. We show that this Process of defensive skill-biased innovations generates an increase in wage inequalities in both regions. We then discuss suggestive empirical evidence of the existence of defensive skill-biased technical change.
Mots-clé
Competitive advantage, wage inequality, trade, technology
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