Do We Need Computer Skills to Use a Computer? Evidence from Britain
AbstractUsing cross-section data from the 1997 Skills Survey of the Employed British Workforce, we examine the labour-market returns to self-assessed computer skills in Britain. Many researchers, using information on computer technology use, have concluded that wage differentials between computer users and non-users might, among others, be due to differences in the embodiment of computer skills. Using unique information on the importance, level of sophistication, and effectiveness of computer technology use, we show that computer skills do not yield significant labour-market returns for most types of use. Examining the returns to computer skills at different levels of sophistication of use yields estimates suggesting returns to computer skills at the highest level of sophistication of use only. Copyright 2006 The Authors; Journal compilation 2006 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd..
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- Borghans,Lex & Weel,Bas,ter, 2002. "Do We Need Computer Skills to Use a Computer? Evidence from Britain," Research Memorandum 040, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
- Borghans, Lex & ter Weel, Bas, 2003. "Do We Need Computer Skills to Use a Computer? Evidence from Britain," IZA Discussion Papers 685, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Borghans,Lex & Weel,Bas,ter, 2003. "Do We Need Computer Skills to Use a Computer? Evidence from Britain," ROA Research Memorandum 002, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
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