Sander Sõna, Jaan Masso, Shakshi Sharma, Priit Vahter and Rajesh Sharma

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Predicting company innovativeness by analysing the website data of firms: a comparison across different types of innovation

This paper investigates which of the core types of innovation can be best predicted based on the website data of firms. In particular, we focus on four distinct key standard types of innovation – product, process, organisational, and marketing innovation in firms. Web-mining of textual data on the websites of firms from Estonia combined with […]

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Joining and exiting the value chain of multinationals and the performance of suppliers: evidence from inter-firm transaction data

This paper investigates the productivity effects for domestic suppliers from joining and exiting the value chains of multinational enterprises (MNEs). The vast majority of prior literature has relied on sector-level input-output tables in estimating the effects of vertical linkages of FDI. Instead, our econometric analysis of the creation and destruction of backward linkages of MNEs […]

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Effects of Automation on the Gender Pay Gap: the case of Estonia

This paper investigates how investments in automation-intensive goods affects the gender pay gap. The evidence on the effects of automation on the labour market is growing; however, little is known about the implications of automation for the gender pay gap. The data used in the paper are from a matched employer-employee dataset incorporating detailed information […]

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Productivity Implications of R&D, Innovation, and Capital Accumulation for Incumbents and Entrants: the Case of Estonia

In this paper, using Estonian Community Innovation Survey data, we study the role of R&D, capital accumulation, and innovation output on productivity for entrants and incumbents. We find that the impact of R&D investment on labour productivity is larger for the entrants compared to the incumbents. Entrants are found to be more productive and more […]

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The effect of technological innovation on age-specific labour demand

This research examines the relationship between technological innovation and age-specific labour demand at firm level. The research supports the hypothesis of age-biased technological innovation. A combined panel data set of Estonian firms is used in the study that merges three different data sets – Community Innovation Survey, Business Registry data, Estonian Tax and Customs Office […]

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Productivity Gains from Labour Churning in Economic Crisis: Do Foreign Firms Gain More

The purpose of this paper is to clarify whether domestic or foreign firms gained more from labour churning while adjusting to the Great Recession in Estonia. During times of high unemployment, all firms can raise their requirements for new employees, but in times of crisis foreign firms may have more resources available for restructuring. We […]

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