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Use it or Lose it? The Impact of Computers on Earnings


Peter Dolton


University of London - Institute of Education; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Gerry Makepeace


Cardiff University; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Helen Robinson


Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

January 2007

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2588

Abstract:     
The extent to which the impact of computer skills depends on how computers are used is investigated using British data from an establishment survey, cohort studies and the European E-Living survey. We examine the importance of activity and frequency of use in these various data sources. We find that the impact on earnings depends on which cohort of workers is examined and that there are differences over time. The regression results show that the use of computers for internet access and for email is positively significant across all of our datasets, although there are differences in the size of the effects between men and women.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: ICT earnings

JEL Classification: J31

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Date posted: February 26, 2007  

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Dolton, Peter and Makepeace, Gerry and Robinson, Helen, Use it or Lose it? The Impact of Computers on Earnings (January 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2588. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=964974

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Peter Dolton
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Gerald H Makepeace
Cardiff University ( email )
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