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Computer Adoption and Returns in Transition

  • Kuku, Yemisi
  • Orazem, Peter
  • Singh, Rajesh

Across nine transition economies, it is the young, educated, English-speaking workers with the best access to local telecommunications infrastructures that work with computers. These workers earn about 25% more than do workers of comparable observable skills who do not use computers. Controlling for likely simultaneity between computer use at work and labor market earnings makes the apparent returns to computer use disappear. These results are corroborated using Russian longitudinal data on earnings and computer use on the job. High costs of computer use in transition economies suppress wages that firms can pay their workers who use computers.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12195.

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Date of creation: 10 Oct 2004
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Publication status: Published in Economics of Transition, March 2007, vol. 15, pp. 33-56
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:12195
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