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Computer use and earnings in Britain

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  • Makepeace, Gerry

    (Cardiff University)

  • Peter Dolton

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This paper estimates various models of the effect of computer use on earnings using recent NCDS data. The cross-section estimates are large and significant while the standard fixed effects estimates are small or insignificant. The panel estimates change considerably once we allow the coefficients to differ across individuals. Indeed, conditional on assumptions about when individuals use computers, conventional panel estimates may not identify the crucial parameters and cross-sectional methods may be needed. We conclude that there was a premium associated with computer use for some individuals in the UK which we attribute to better capital equipment.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 with number 146.

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  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. Hsin-Fan Chen & Long-Hwa Chen, 2007. "The role of computer use and English proficiency in gender wage inequality: Taiwanese evidence," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(16), pages 1-9.
  3. Dostie, Benoit & Trépanier, Mathieu, 2005. "Returns to Computer Use and Organizational Practices of the Firm," IZA Discussion Papers 1541, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  6. Spitz-Oener, Alexandra, 2007. "The Returns to Pencil Use Revisited," ZEW Discussion Papers 07-020, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
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  8. Coneus, Katja & Gernandt, Johannes & Saam, Marianne, 2008. "Noncognitive Skills, Internet Use and Educational Dropout," ZEW Discussion Papers 08-044, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  9. Cindy Zoghi & Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, 2006. "Which Workers Gain Upon Adopting a Computer?," Working Papers 395, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  10. Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia & Cindy Zoghi, 2004. "Which Workers Gain from Computer Use?," Working Papers 373, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  11. Chiswick, Barry R. & Miller, Paul W., 2005. "Computer Skills, Destination Language Proficiency and the Earnings of Natives and Immigrants," IZA Discussion Papers 1755, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  12. Dunne, Timothy & Troske, Kenneth, 2004. "Technology Adoption and Workforce Skill in U.S. Manufacturing Plants," IZA Discussion Papers 1427, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  13. Barry Chiswick & Paul Miller, 2007. "Computer usage, destination language proficiency and the earnings of natives and immigrants," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 129-157, June.

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