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Title:The returns to computer use revisited, again PDF Logo
Authors:Dostie, Benoît
Jayaraman, Rajshri
Trépanier, Mathieu
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 2080
Abstract:Using North American data, we revisit the question first broached by Krueger (1993) and re-examined by DiNardo and Pischke (1997) of whether there exists a real wage differential associated with computer use. Employing a mixed effects model to correct for both worker and workplace unobserved heterogeneity using matched employer-employee panel data, we find that computer users enjoy an almost 4 per cent wage premium over non-users. Failure to correct for the worker selection effect leads to a more than twofold overestimate of this premium, as does failure to correct for workplace unobserved heterogeneity.
Subjects:wage determination
computers
mixed models
linked employer-employee data
JEL:J30
J31
O30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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