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

30 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2007  

Peter Dolton

University of London - Institute of Education; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gerry Makepeace

Cardiff University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Helen Robinson

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

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Date Written: January 2007

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.

Keywords: ICT earnings

JEL Classification: J31

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=964974

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