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  • Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Cindy Zoghi

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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This paper re-examines the returns to computer use using a new matched workplace-employee data from Canada. We control for potential selection using instrumental variables. Results suggest that it is not merely the employee having a computer on his desk, but rather having complementary computer skills, that causes wages to increase.

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Paper provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its series Working Papers with number 377.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Publication status: Forthcoming, American Economic Review, May 2005
Handle: RePEc:bls:wpaper:ec050030

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Keywords: computers; computer skills; human capital; technology;

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  1. Entorf, Horst & Gollac, Michel & Kramarz, Francis, 1997. "New Technologies, Wages and Worker Selection," CEPR Discussion Papers 1761, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. DiNardo, John E & Pischke, Jorn-Steffen, 1997. "The Returns to Computer Use Revisited: Have Pencils Changed the Wage Structure Too?," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 112(1), pages 291-303, February.
  3. David Autor & Lawrence Katz & Alan Krueger, 1997. "Computing Inequality: Have Computers Changed the Labor Market?," Working Papers 756, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section..
  4. Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia & Cindy Zoghi, 2004. "Which Workers Gain from Computer Use?," Working Papers 373, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  5. Doms, Mark & Dunne, Timothy & Troske, Kenneth R, 1997. "Workers, Wages, and Technology," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 112(1), pages 253-90, February.
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Cited by:
  1. Peter Dolton & Panu Pelkonen, 2007. "The impact of computer use, computer skills and computer use intensity: evidence from WERS 2004," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19389, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  2. Cindy Zoghi & Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, 2007. "Which workers gain upon adopting a computer?," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 40(2), pages 423-444, May.

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