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Title:What Happens When Agent T Gets a Computer? The Labor Market Impact of Cost Efficient Computer Adoption PDF Logo
Authors:Borghans, Lex
ter Weel, Bas
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 792
Abstract:This paper offers a model to explain how computer technology has changed the labor market. It demonstrates that wage differentials between computer users and non-users are consistent with the fact that computers are first introduced in high-wage jobs because of cost efficiency. Furthermore, skill upgrading occurs because of a reemphasis on non-routine tasks after computer adoption. The model also reveals that neither differences in computer skills nor complementary skills are needed to explain wage differentials between computer users and non-users, skill upgrading, and the changing organization and intensity of work. Finally, the predicted effects on the wage structure following the diffusion of computers are consistent with the empirical evidence.
Subjects:wage differentials by skill
computer use and skill
JEL:O33
J31
J30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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