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Title:Returns to Computer Use and Organizational Practices of the Firm PDF Logo
Authors:Dostie, Benoît
Trépanier, Mathieu
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1541
Abstract:In this paper, we test the hypothesis that computer use will lead to productivity gains only if the firm uses an appropriate set of organizational practices. Detailed data on organizational practices and workers? compensation are obtained through a Canadian longitudinal linked employer-employee database called the Workplace and Employee Survey (WES). Linked data allow us to take into account both worker and firm unobserved heterogeneity through the estimation of a linear mixed model of wage determination. Our results suggest a small but positive computer-wage premium whose size is related to a set of organizational practices.
Subjects:wage determination
human capital
computers
mixed models
linked employer-employee data
organizational practices of the firm
JEL:O33
J31
D21
J30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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