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Employment transitions and computer use of older workers

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  • Federico Biagi
  • Danilo Cavapozzi
  • Raffaele Miniaci

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Our empirical analysis studies the impact of computer use on out of employment transitions of older workers, disentangling the effect of using a Personal Computer (PC) at work from that of being PC literate. Data are drawn from the 2000, 2002 and 2004 waves of the Bank of Italy Survey on Household Income and Wealth . We provide empirical evidence that, even controlling for a wide set of covariates, older employees who use a PC at work have a higher probability of remaining employed in the future. However, our results also indicate that, once PC literacy is controlled for, the use of a PC at work decreases only marginally the risk of becoming not employed (i.e. the effect is smaller than the one registered when we do not control for PC literacy).

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  • Federico Biagi & Danilo Cavapozzi & Raffaele Miniaci, 2013. "Employment transitions and computer use of older workers," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(6), pages 687-696, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:45:y:2013:i:6:p:687-696
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2011.610748
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    1. Boockmann, Bernhard & Fries, Jan & Göbel, Christian, 2018. "Specific measures for older employees and late career employment," The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, Elsevier, vol. 12(C), pages 159-174.
    2. Danilo Cavapozzi & Chiara Dal Bianco, 2020. "Does retirement decrease the familiarity with ICT of older individuals?," Working Papers 2020:01, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".

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