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dc.contributor.authorBorghans, Lexen_US
dc.contributor.authorter Weel, Basen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:13:24Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:13:24Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/20342-
dc.description.abstractWhen workers adopt technology at the point where the costs equal the increasedproductivity, output per worker increases immediately, while the productivity benefits increaseonly gradually if the costs continue to fall. As a result, workers in computer-adopting labormarket groups experience an immediate fall in wages due to increased supply. On the otherhand, adopting workers experience wage increases with some delay. This model explainswhy increased computer use does not immediately lead to higher wage inequality. Morespecifically, the results of the model are shown to be consistent with the question why withingroupwage inequality among skilled workers as a result of computer technology adoption inthe United States increased in the 1970s, while between-group wage inequality and withingroupwage inequality among the unskilled did not start to increase until the 1980s. Themodel also suggests that the slow diffusion of computer technology in Germany along withthe absence of major changes in the wage structure in the 1980s is consistent with the morecompressed German wage structure. Finally, the theoretical predictions seem to be of theright magnitude to explain the empirical quantities observed in the data.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) |cBonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aIZA Discussion paper series |x1107en_US
dc.subject.jelO33en_US
dc.subject.jelO15en_US
dc.subject.jelJ31en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordwage level and structureen_US
dc.subject.keyworddiffusion of computeren_US
dc.subject.stwPC (Personal Computer)en_US
dc.subject.stwComputergestütztes Verfahrenen_US
dc.subject.stwInnovationsdiffusionen_US
dc.subject.stwProduktivitäten_US
dc.subject.stwLohnstrukturen_US
dc.subject.stwTheorieen_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwVereinigte Staatenen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleThe Diffusion of Computers and the Distribution of Wagesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn384853293en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-

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