Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72261
Authors: 
Hofer, Helmut
Riedel, Monika
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Reihe Ökonomie / Economics Series, Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS) 147
Abstract: 
In this paper we examine the relationship between computer premium and job position in Austria. We estimate cross-section wage equations and control for selectivity of computer use via a treatment effects model. We find that the size of the wage effect attributed to computer use varies significantly between job hierarchies. Persons in higher positions receive relatively lower rewards for computer use than workers at lower hierarchy levels. Overall we find that computerisation increased wage inequality in Austria. However, hierarchy-related differences in the relative computer premium in Austria might moderate the effects of computer use on the wage distribution.
Subjects: 
technological change
computer wage premium
wage inequality
JEL: 
C21
J30
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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