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Information Technology, Productivity, and Economic GrowthInternational Evidence and Implications for Economic Development$
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Matti Pohjola

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243983.001.0001

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Computers and Labour Markets: International Evidence

Computers and Labour Markets: International Evidence

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(p.99) 5 Computers and Labour Markets: International Evidence
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Information Technology, Productivity, and Economic Growth
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FRANCIS KRAMARZ

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243983.003.0005

The consequences of utilizing computers for the labour market has changed over time because of how computers have become rapidly dispersed and easily available. Compared to how computers were initially perceived as an advantage, not possessing a computer today presents several difficulties across different industries. Skill-biased technical change has become evident across North America because of changes observed in the wage structures while similar patterns may be observed across Europe. As such, the chapter attempts to analyze the empirical evidence regarding the link between the outcomes of the labour market and the use of computers, particularly on the issues which concern the expansion on computer use and workforce's skill-composition, wages, and unemployment.

Keywords:   computer use, labour market, skill-biased technical change, skill-composition, wages, unemployment

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