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Computer knowledge and earnings: evidence for Australia

  • Jeff Borland
  • Joseph Hirschberg
  • Jenny Lye

This paper uses data on wage and salary workers in Australia in 1993 to examine the relation between computer knowledge and earnings. A unique feature of the data set that is used is detailed information on the types and levels of computer skills possessed by individual workers. The main objectives of the study are to contribute to understanding the magnitude and sources of the relation between computer knowledge and earnings. Similar to existing research it is found that there is a large and significant return to computer knowledge, but that the magnitude of the return is substantially reduced in regressions that include detailed occupation controls. Using the detailed information on workers' computer skills the main finding is that earnings are significantly positively related to the number of types of skills and average level of skills possessed by a worker.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 36 (2004)
Issue (Month): 17 ()
Pages: 1979-1993

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