I have a study that was conducted in 2008 with the Implan desktop software. I reproduced study for the same sector with spending amounts that were comparable. HOWEVER, my employment numbers are significantly lower with the 2014 data. The sector is health care. I understand the interpretation- that there must be a shifting in the production function to a less labor intensive production process, but I need to know, is this an issue that other people have run into? My numbers are down in the direct and induced employment effects are much lower but the indirect are higher. Is there something different in the online versus desktop version? Is there documentation or confirmation that the production functions of the impacted sectors (direct and induced) have become less labor intensive? Are there other explanations for the employment drop that I can use to explain the decline in employment with constant expenditures over time?
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