The emergence of a firm rich in knowledge

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Swedish Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU)


This project studies how the human capital of firms has developed in the last twenty years. In this period, there has been an increase in the wage distribution, in particular among firms. A central issue is whether this is due to labour with a large human capital to an increasing extent being concentrated to certain firms or that there has been an increase in the productivity differences between firms for other reasons? In order to avoid this, measures of human capital that can be compared over time must be used. Due to the expansion of higher education, it is uncertain whether traditional measures of human capital (such as level of education and the number of years of education) can be used. Thus, measures of knowledge from enrolment in the military service (mönstring) are connected to data on firms and work places in order to study the distribution of human capital within and between different industries, firms and work places. The results are to be compared with those results that are obtained when using more traditional measures of human capital. The next step is to study whether such phenomena as deregulations, internationalisations, the IT-revolution and changes in the organisational structure of firms can explain the changes in the patterns of human capital that can be observed between industries, work places and firms.

The project uses the IFAU-database, supplemented with data from enrolment in the military service (mönstring), firm statistics and surveys from Statistics Sweden. The period to be studied is 1986-2006.

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