Technology, computers and wages: evidence from a developing economy
AbstractIncreasing returns to schooling are documented for developed and some developing countries. The growing demand for skills is associated with recent technological developments, including the introduction of computers in the workplace. Research in developed countries documents a premium for computer use. However, there is recent evidence suggesting that computer skills by themselves do not command a wage premium. This paper reviews the literature and uses data from a survey of university graduates in Vietnam. The results support the unobserved heterogeneity explanation for computer wage premiums. The results suggest that computers may make the productive workers even more productive.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its journal Brussels economic review.
Volume (Year): 47 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3-4 ()
Wages; earnings; computers;
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- Sakellariou, Chris N. & Patrinos, Harry A., 2003. "Technology, computers, and wages : evidence from a developing economy," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3008, The World Bank.
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
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