DP12868 Local High-Tech Job Multipliers in Europe

Author(s): Maarten Goos, Jozef Konings, Marieke Vandeweyer
Publication Date: April 2018
Keyword(s): high-tech jobs, local job multiplier, regional growth
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Programme Areas: Industrial Organization, International Trade and Regional Economics
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Examining employment growth in local labor markets across Europe, this paper finds that each worker in a high-skilled occupation creates up to five extra jobs in less-skilled intensive services in the same region. However, it is also shown that there exist persistent differences in the size of this local high-tech job multiplier across regions. In particular, we find that the multiplier is larger in regions with high immigration, an abundance of less-skilled workers, and lower gross output per capita. At the country level we also show that this results in local high-tech job multipliers that are larger in Southern European countries than in the rest of Europe.