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dc.contributor.authorRiddell, W. Craigen_US
dc.contributor.authorSong, Xuedaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-10en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-15T07:51:50Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-15T07:51:50Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-201206146529-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/58720-
dc.description.abstractAdoption of innovations by firms and workers is an important part of the process of technological change. Many prior studies find that highly educated workers tend to adopt new technologies faster than those with less education. Such positive correlations between the level of education and the rate of technology adoption, however, do not necessarily reflect the true causal effect of education on technology adoption. Relying on data from the Workplace and Employee Survey, this study assesses the causal effects of education on technology use and adoption by using instrumental variables for schooling derived from Canadian compulsory school attendance laws. We find that education increases the probability of using computers in the job and that employees with more education have longer work experiences in using computers than those with less education. However, education does not influence the use of computer-controlled and computer-assisted devices or other technological devices such as cash registers and sales terminals. Our estimates are consistent with the view that formal education increases the use of technologies that require or enable workers to carry out higher order tasks, but not those that routinize workplace tasks.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6377en_US
dc.subject.jelI20en_US
dc.subject.jelO33en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordtechnology use and adoptionen_US
dc.subject.keywordeducationen_US
dc.subject.keywordcausal effectsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcompulsory schooling lawsen_US
dc.subject.keywordheterogeneity in technologyen_US
dc.subject.stwComputerunterstützungen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsplatzen_US
dc.subject.stwInnovationsdiffusionen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsniveauen_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwKanadaen_US
dc.titleThe role of education in technology use and adoption: Evidence from the Canadian workplace and employee surveyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn715538071en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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