Destruction or Polarization: Estimating the Impact of Technology on Jobs in Indian Manufacturing
Vashisht, Pankaj | March 2017
Indian manufacturers have invested significantly in technology upgradations since the economy opened up to foreign trade and technology in the mid-1980s. In this paper, we examine the impact of technology on employment and skill demand within the Indian manufacturing sector. Estimating a dynamic labour demand equation, we find that that despite reducing the required labour per unit of output, technology has not reduced the aggregate employment in the Indian manufacturing sector. However, qualitative effect of technology on labour demand has been very significant. Our results show that adoption of new technology has increased the demand for high skilled workers at the cost of intermediary skills, leading to the polarization of manufacturing jobs. It suggests that technology has reduced the routine task content of manufacturing jobs in India.
CitationVashisht, Pankaj. 2017. Destruction or Polarization: Estimating the Impact of Technology on Jobs in Indian Manufacturing. © Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/7025.
Commerce and Industry
Large Scale Industry
Results-Based Monitoring And Evaluation
Cumulative effects assessment
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