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The Push-Pull Effects of the Information Technology Boom and Bust

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  • Hotchkiss, Julie L.
  • Pitts, M. Melinda
  • Robertson, John C.

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This article examines the inflow and outflow of workers to different industries in Georgia during the information technology (IT) boom of the 1990s and the subsequent bust. Workers in the software and computer services industry were much more likely to have been absent from the Georgia workforce before the boom but were no more likely than workers from other industries to have exited Georgia’s workforce during the bust. Consequently, Georgia likely experienced a net gain in worker human capital as a result of being an area of concentration of IT-producing activity during the IT boom.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 44800.

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Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Publication status: Published in Economic Development Quarterly 3.22(2008): pp. 200-212
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44800

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Keywords: push-pull; migration; information technology; administrative data;

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