Labour demand and wage-induced innovations: Evidence from the OECD countries

J. B. Madsen, R. Damania

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This paper shows that increasing real wages steepens or reverses the slope of the labour demand schedule because increasing wages give firms incentives to innovate and to invest in newer and more efficient vintages of capital. Using macroeconomic data for the OECD countries it is shown that the efficiency inducement of higher real wages steepens the traditional neoclassical labour demand function substantially. Taking into account the adverse demand effects of wage reductions it is doubtful that real wage reductions are a cure for the unemployment problem in the OECD countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-334
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Review of Applied Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2001


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