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The returns to computer use revisited: have pencils changed the wage structure too?

DiNardo, John and Pischke, Jorn-Steffen ORCID: 0000-0002-6466-1874 (1997) The returns to computer use revisited: have pencils changed the wage structure too? Quarterly Journal of Economics, 112 (1). pp. 291-303. ISSN 0033-5533

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Identification Number: 10.1162/003355397555190


Are the large measured wage differentials for on-the-job computer use a true return to computer skills, or do they just reflect that higher wage workers use computers on their jobs? We examine this issue with three large cross-sectional surveys from Germany. First, we confirm that the estimated wage differential associated with computer use in Germany is very similar to the U. S. differential. Second, we also measure large differentials for on-the-job use of calculators, telephones, pens or pencils, or for those who work while sitting down. We argue that these findings cast some doubt on the literal interpretation of the computer use wage differential as reflecting true returns to computer use or skill.

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Additional Information: © 1997 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2008 11:07
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 20:48

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