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Title:The Returns to Pencil Use Revisited PDF Logo
Authors:Spitz-Oener, Alexandra
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 07-020
Abstract:The increased diffusion of computers is one of the fundamental changes at workplaces in recent decades. While the majority of workers now spend a substantial fraction of their working day with a computer, research on the wage effect of computer use effectively came to a halt after DiNardo and Pischke [1997] found that wages were also positively associated with pencil use, calling into question the ability to distinguish the effect of computers from other confounding factors. Using the same data set as DiNardo and Pischke, but a more recent wave, this paper revitalizes the discussion by showing that the pencil effect disappeared in 1998/99, whereas the computer effect is still present. Computer users - but not pencil users - have experienced a pronounced shift towards analytical and interactive tasks, for which they are rewarded in the workplace.
Subjects:Computer wage differential
pencil wage differentials
changing skill requirements
JEL:C13
J31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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