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Technology, computers and wages: evidence from a developing economy

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  • Chris N. Sakellariou
  • Harry A. Patrinos

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Increasing returns to schooling are documented for developed and some developing countries. The growing demand for skills is associated with recent technological developments, including the introduction of computers in the workplace. Research in developed countries documents a premium for computer use. However, there is recent evidence suggesting that computer skills by themselves do not command a wage premium. This paper reviews the literature and uses data from a survey of university graduates in Vietnam. The results support the unobserved heterogeneity explanation for computer wage premiums. The results suggest that computers may make the productive workers even more productive.

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  • Chris N. Sakellariou & Harry A. Patrinos, 2004. "Technology, computers and wages: evidence from a developing economy," Brussels Economic Review, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles, vol. 47(3-4), pages 543-543.
  • Handle: RePEc:bxr:bxrceb:y:2004:v:47:i:3-4:p:543-560
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    1. Joaquin Marandino & Phanindra V. Wunnava, 2017. "The Effect of Access to Information and Communication Technology on Household Labor Income: Evidence from One Laptop Per Child in Uruguay," Economies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(3), pages 1-10, September.
    2. Poole, Jennifer & Santos-Paulino, Amelia & Sokolova, Maria & DiCaprio, Alisa, 2017. "The Impact of Trade and Technology on Skills in Viet Nam," ADBI Working Papers 770, Asian Development Bank Institute.
    3. Oosterbeek, Hessel & Ponce, Juan, 2011. "The impact of computer use on earnings in a developing country: Evidence from Ecuador," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 434-440, August.

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    Keywords

    Wages; earnings; computers;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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