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Getting a Fair Share of the Plunder? Technology, Skill and Wages in British Establishments


  • Van Reenen, John


This paper uses establishment level data from the British Workplace Industrial Relations Survey (WIRS) to examine the effects of new technology on pay. The wage differential associated with new technology is about 5-7% and is (i) robust to corrections for skill, workplace disamenities, and simultaneity; (ii) higher for skilled workers than those with less human capital; (iii) strongest where unions are recognized, but where union density is under 100%.

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  • Van Reenen, John, 1994. "Getting a Fair Share of the Plunder? Technology, Skill and Wages in British Establishments," CEPR Discussion Papers 881, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:881

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    Bargaining; Inequality; New Technology; Wages; WIRS;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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