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DIW Economic Bulletin 2 / 2011

After the Crisis: German R&D-Intensive Industries in a Good Position

The strong reliance of the German economy on the industry sector has been a point of criticism for years now. Germany is too strongly focused on export, making it susceptible to crises and fluctuations in demand and exchange rates, the critics allege. A non-critical look at the numbers during the recent economic crisis seems to reaffirm these old concerns: Industrial productivity shrank significantly ...

2011| Heike Belitz, Marius Clemens, Martin Gornig, Florian Mölders, Alexander Schiersch, Dieter Schumacher
Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung 1 / 2015

Perspektive der Industrie in Deutschland

Der Wandel der globalen Industrieproduktion in den letzten 15 Jahren ist vor allem durch den Aufstieg Chinas zur Industrienation gekennzeichnet. Die Marktanteilsgewinne Chinas führten insbesondere zu relativen Verlusten bei der Industrieproduktion in den USA und Westeuropa. In vielen westlichen Ländern ist zudem ein ausgeprägter De-Industrialisierungsprozess zu beobachten. Nur wenige Länder, darunter ...

2015| Martin Gornig, Alexander Schiersch
Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung 3 / 2011

Deutsche forschungsintensive Industrie: Feuerprobe in der Krise bestanden?

Die Bedeutung der forschungsintensiven Industrie für die gesamtwirtschaftliche Entwicklung ist in keinem anderen großen OECD-Land so hoch wie in Deutschland. Im Zuge der Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise 2008/2009 kam es aber gerade in diesem Bereich zu starken Produktionseinbrüchen. Dieser Beitrag geht der Frage nach, inwieweit dies einen Einfluss auf die internationale Wettbewerbsposition der deutschen ...

2011| Heike Belitz, Martin Gornig, Alexander Schiersch
Diskussionspapiere 1988 / 2021

Broadband and Productivity: Structural Estimates for Germany

We study the impact of broadband availability on firms’ total factor productivity (TFP) using German firm-level data between 2010 and 2015. We adopt a control function approach to causally identify and separately estimate productivity for 46 two-digit manufacturing and service sectors. Over the sample period, broadband availability, measured by 16 Mbps transmission rates, more than doubled in German ...

2021| Tomaso Duso, Mattia Nardotto, Alexander Schiersch
Diskussionspapiere 1960 / 2021

The Productivity Puzzle in Business Services

In Germany, the productivity of professional services, a sector dominated by micro and small firms, declined by 40 percent between 1995 and 2014. This productivity decline also holds true for professional services in other European countries. Using a German firm-level dataset of 700,000 observations between 2003 and 2017, we analyze this largely uncovered phenomenon among professional services, the ...

2021| Alexander S. Kritikos, Alexander Schiersch, Caroline Stiel
Diskussionspapiere 1868 / 2020

Knowledge-Based Capital and Productivity Divergence

Understanding the causes of the slowdown in aggregate productivity growth is key to maintaining the competitiveness of advanced economies and ensuring long-term economic prosperity. This paper is the first to provide evidence that investment in Knowledge-Based Capital (KBC), despite having a positive effect on productivity at the micro level, is a driver of the weak productivity performance at the ...

2020| Marie Le Mouel, Alexander Schiersch
Diskussionspapiere 1849 / 2020

Testing the Superstar Firm Hypothesis

The superstar firms model provides a compelling explanation for two simultaneously occurring phenomena: the rise of concentration in industries and the fall of labor shares. Our empirical analysis confirms two of the underlying assumptions of the model: the market share increases and the labor share decreases with increasing firm-level total factor productivity, providing support for the superstar ...

2020| Alexander Schiersch, Caroline Stiel
Diskussionspapiere 1788 / 2019

Agglomeration Economies and the Firm TFP: Different Effects across Industries

This paper analyzes the effect of agglomeration economies on firms’ total factor productivity. We propose the use of a control function approach to overcome the econometric issue inherent to the two-stage approach commonly used in the literature. Estimations are conducted separately for four industry groups, defined by technological intensity, to allow for non-uniform effects of agglomeration economies ...

2019| Martin Gornig, Alexander Schiersch
Diskussionspapiere 1774 / 2018

Firm Size and Innovation in the Service Sector

A rich literature links knowledge inputs with innovative outputs. However, most of what is known is restricted to manufacturing. This paper analyzes whether the three aspects involving innovative activity - R&D; innovative output; and productivity - hold for knowledge intensive services. Combining the models of Crepon et al. (1998) and of Ackerberg et al. (2015), allows for causal interpretation of ...

2018| David B. Audretsch, Marian Hafenstein, Alexander S. Kritikos, Alexander Schiersch
Diskussionspapiere 1532 / 2015

TFP, Labor Productivity and the (Un)observed Labor Input: Temporary Agency Work

The study focuses on the question of whether productivity estimates are biased due to the emergence of a new input that is usually omitted: temporary agency worker (TAW). The study analyzes labor productivity and TFP by means of a structural approach using a representative dataset of German manufacturing firms. The empirical results show, once TAW is taken into account, that: i) labor productivity ...

2015| Alexander Schiersch
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