Employment growth paths in a mature industry: Skill complementarities in manufacturing in Sweden

Authors: Therese Danley*, UmeƄ University
Topics: Economic Geography, Business Geography, Regional Geography
Keywords: economic geography, relatedness, manufacturing, skills, employment
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Diplomat Room, Omni, West
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In this paper, we examine the geographical variation of employment in manufacturing across Swedish regions. The types of skills required in the industry have evolved differently across workplaces as they adjust to waves of technological change and outsourcing. By adopting a life-cycle perspective of the manufacturing industry, we consider how complementarities between skills evolve through different phases of industry maturity and across geographies. We approach the analysis by measuring the co-occurrence of skills in manufacturing plants across 72 regions in Sweden from 1990 to 2016 to examine the heterogeneous paths of change across regions.

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