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Which Workers Gain Upon Adopting a Computer?

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  • Cindy Zoghi

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Using the Canadian Workplace and Employee Survey and controlling for individual and establishment fixed effects, we find that within a year of adopting a computer, the average worker earns a 3.6 percent higher wage than a similar worker who did not adopt a computer. Returns are even larger for managers and professionals, highly educated workers, and those with significant prior computer experience. Employees who use computer applications that require high cognitive skills earn the highest returns.

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Paper provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its series Working Papers with number 395.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:bls:wpaper:ec060070

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Keywords: Computer Use; Technology; Computer Applications;

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  1. Alexander C. Lembcke, 2014. "Home Computers and Married Women's Labor Supply," CEP Discussion Papers dp1260, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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  3. Ono, Hiroshi & Zavodny, Madeline, 2007. "Immigrants, English Ability and the Digital Divide," IZA Discussion Papers 3124, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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