technical change


This paper examines whether employees who use a computer at work earn
a higher wage rate than otherwise similar workers who do not use a computer
at work. The analysis primarily relies on data from the Current Population
Survey and the High School and Beyond Survey. A variety of statistical
models are estimated to try to correct for unobserved variables that might
be correlated with both job-related computer use and earnings. The
estimates suggest that workers who use computers on their job earn roughly
a 10 to 15 percent higher wage rate. In addition, the estimates suggest
that the expansion in computer use in the 1980s can account for between
one-third and one-half of the observed increase in the rate of return to
education. Finally, occupations that experienced greater growth in
computer use between 1984 and 1989 also experienced above average wage

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Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol 108, No. 1, February 1993
Krueger, A. . (1991). How Computers Have Changed the Wage Structure: Evidence From Microdata, 1984-89. Retrieved from (Original work published August 1991)
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