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Acemoglu, Daron, Autor, David, Dorn, David, Hanson, Gordon H., and Price, Brendan. Replication data for: Return of the Solow Paradox? IT, Productivity, and Employment in US Manufacturing. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2014. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-11.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary An increasingly influential "technological-discontinuity" paradigm suggests that IT-induced technological changes are rapidly raising productivity while making workers redundant. This paper explores the evidence for this view among the IT-using US manufacturing industries. There is some limited support for more rapid productivity growth in IT-intensive industries depending on the exact measures, though not since the late 1990s. Most challenging to this paradigm, and to our expectations, is that output contracts in IT-intensive industries relative to the rest of manufacturing. Productivity increases, when detectable, result from the even faster declines in employment.

Scope of Project

JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
      L60 Industry Studies: Manufacturing: General
      O33 Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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