New Technologies, Wages, and Worker Selection
AbstractThe authors study the effect of new technologies on wages and employment using a unique panel that matches data on individuals and on their firms. As in the United States, they show that computer users are better paid than nonusers (15-20 percent more). But these workers were already better compensated before the introduction of the new technologies. Total returns to computer use amount to 2 percent. Measurement errors do not affect the authors' estimates. Furthermore, computer users are protected from job losses as long as bad business conditions do not last too long. This result holds even after controlling for possible selection biases. Copyright 1999 by University of Chicago Press.
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Volume (Year): 17 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
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- Entorf, Horst & Gollac, Michel & Kramarz, Francis, 1997. "New Technologies, Wages and Worker Selection," CEPR Discussion Papers 1761, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- H, Entorf & Michel Gollac & Francis Kramarz, 1997. "New Technologies, Wages and Worker Selection," Working Papers 97-25, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- 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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