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Young innovative companies and employment creation, evidence from the Pakistani textiles sector

Dr. Waqar Wadho and Dr. Azam Chaudhry of the Lahore School of Economics along with Dr. Micheline Goedhuys of the United Nations University (UNU Merit) published their recent research in the top development journal-World Development.


Using unique innovation survey data collected among a homogenous sample of firms active in the textiles and apparel sector in Pakistan, this paper analyses the role of innovation for employment growth. In particular, it develops and tests the hypothesis that innovation is conducive to employment creation, and that this is especially the case for smaller and younger firms, supporting the hypothesis that young innovative companies grow faster by engaging in riskier and more radical innovation to catch up with incumbent firms. We find empirical evidence for these hypotheses, which is robust to different model specifications and estimation techniques and to different measures of innovation. Young innovative companies also perform well in absolute employment creation making them interesting targets from a policy perspective.

The full text of the paper could be accessed at the World Development website here.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 1/28/2019 02:38:00 PM,

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