The Push-Pull Effects of the Information Technology Boom and Bust: Insight from Matched Employer-Employee Data

FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2006-1

28 Pages Posted: 19 May 2006

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Julie L. Hotchkiss

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia State University - Department of Economics

M. Melinda Pitts

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

John Robertson

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

This paper examines the inflow and outflow of workers to different industries in Georgia during the information technology (IT) boom of the 1990s and the subsequent bust. Workers in the software and computer services industry were much more likely to have been absent from the Georgia workforce prior to the boom but were no more likely than workers from other industries to have exited the workforce during the bust. Consequently, the Georgia workforce likely experienced a net gain in worker human capital as a result of being an area of concentration of IT-producing activity during the IT boom.

Keywords: push-pull, migration, information technology, administrative data, profit analysis

JEL Classification: J61, R23, R58

Suggested Citation

Hotchkiss, Julie L. and Pitts, M. Melinda and Robertson, John C., The Push-Pull Effects of the Information Technology Boom and Bust: Insight from Matched Employer-Employee Data (February 2006). FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2006-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.887363

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