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dc.contributor.authorBorghans, Lexen_US
dc.contributor.authorter Weel, Basen_US
dc.description.abstractWhen workers adopt technology at the point where the costs equal the increased productivity, output per worker increases immediately, while the productivity benefits increase only gradually if the costs continue to fall. As a result, workers in computer-adopting labor market groups experience an immediate fall in wages due to increased supply. On the other hand, adopting workers experience wage increases with some delay. This model explains why increased computer use does not immediately lead to higher wage inequality. More specifically, the results of the model are shown to be consistent with the question why withingroup wage inequality among skilled workers as a result of computer technology adoption in the United States increased in the 1970s, while between-group wage inequality and withingroup wage inequality among the unskilled did not start to increase until the 1980s. The model also suggests that the slow diffusion of computer technology in Germany along with the absence of major changes in the wage structure in the 1980s is consistent with the more compressed German wage structure. Finally, the theoretical predictions seem to be of the right magnitude to explain the empirical quantities observed in the data.en_US
dc.publisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 1107en_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.stwVereinigte Staatenen_US
dc.titleThe Diffusion of Computers and the Distribution of Wagesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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