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Computer Knowledge and Earnings : Evidence for Australia

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The finding from recent analysis in the United States that computer users earn a wage premium of 10 to 15 percent - together with increased usage of computers by high skill workers - has been interpreted as evidence of the role of technological change in generating widening earings differentials between high skill and low skill workers.

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  • Borland, J & Hirschberg, J & Lye, J, 1997. "Computer Knowledge and Earnings : Evidence for Australia," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 571, The University of Melbourne.
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    1. Bruce Chapman & James Jordan & Ken Olivier & John Quiggin, 2000. "The Unemployment Trap Meets the Age-Earning Profile," CEPR Discussion Papers 415, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
    2. 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.
    3. Jenny N. Lye & Joseph G. Hirschberg, 2002. "Tests of Inference for Dummy Variables in Regressions with Logarithmic Transformed Dependent Variables," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 852, The University of Melbourne.
    4. Vinod Mishra & Russell Smyth, 2014. "Technological Change and Wages in China: Evidence from Matched Employer–Employee Data," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, pages 123-138.
    5. Bruce Chapman & Cezary Kapuscinski, 2000. "Avoiding Recessions and Australian Long-Term Unemployment," CEPR Discussion Papers 418, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
    6. repec:gam:jecomi:v:5:y:2017:i:3:p:35-:d:112390 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    SKILLED WORKERS ; AUSTRALIA;

    JEL classification:

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

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