Biagi F., Pantea S., Sabadash A. (2014).
Are ICT Displacing Workers? Evidence from Seven European Countries. JCR Technical Reports, European Commision. Institute for Prospective Technological Studies Digital Economy, Working Paper 2014/07.
This paper examines whether ICT substitute labour and reduce the demand for labour. We used firm-level comparable data separately for firms in manufacturing, services and ICT-producing sectors from seven European countries. We adopted a common methodology and applied it to a unique dataset provided by the ESSLait Project on Linking Microdata. We controlled for unobservable time-invariant firm-specific effects and we found no evidence of a negative relationship between intensity of ICT use and employment growth. We read this as an indication that ICT use is not reducing employment among ICT using firms.