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Returning to the Returns to Computer Use

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  • Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia

    () (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Cindy Zoghi

    () (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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This paper re-examines the returns to computer use using a new matched workplace-employee data from Canada. We control for potential selection using instrumental variables. Results suggest that it is not merely the employee having a computer on his desk, but rather having complementary computer skills, that causes wages to increase.

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  • Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia & Cindy Zoghi, 2005. "Returning to the Returns to Computer Use," Working Papers 377, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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    1. Tomáš Lechner, 2013. "Ekonomické dopady implementace ICT ve veřejné správě: důkazy z České republiky [Economic Impacts of ICT Implementation in Public Administration: Evidence from the Czech Republic]," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2013(5), pages 675-690.
    2. Mathias Silva, 2016. "TIC y Desigualdad Salarial en Uruguay," Documentos de Investigacion Estudiantil (students working papers) 16-06, Instituto de Economia - IECON.
    3. Cindy Zoghi & Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, 2007. "Which workers gain upon adopting a computer?," Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 40(2), pages 423-444, May.
    4. Cindy M. Cunningham & Robert D. Mohr, 2019. "Using tools to distinguish general and occupation-specific skills," Journal for Labour Market Research, Springer;Institute for Employment Research/ Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), vol. 53(1), pages 1-11, December.
    5. Peter Dolton & Panu Pelkonen, 2007. "The Impact of Computer Use, Computer Skills and Computer Use Intensity: Evidence from WERS 2004," CEE Discussion Papers 0081, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.
    6. Shah Danyal & Pankaj Maskara & Annaheeta Naqvi, 2011. "Impact of computer skills on wages in USA," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(11), pages 1077-1081.
    7. Peter Dolton & Panu Pelkonen, 2008. "The Wage Effects of Computer Use: Evidence from WERS 2004," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 46(4), pages 587-630, December.
    8. 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.
    9. Thomsen, Stephan L, 2018. "Die Rolle der Computerisierung und Digitalisierung für Beschäftigung und Einkommen," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-645, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
    10. Gao, Yanyan & Zang, Leizhen & Sun, Jun, 2018. "Does computer penetration increase farmers’ income? An empirical study from China," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(5), pages 345-360.

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    Keywords

    computers; computer skills; human capital; technology;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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