Wages and workplace computer use in Chile

José Miguel Benavente, David Bravo, Rodrigo Montero

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Abstract

This paper presents robust evidence regarding the impact of computer use in the workplace in Chile during the period 2000-2006. The key contribution of this paper is to present evidence for a developing country using matching techniques and assuming a homogeneous treatment effect. Wage impact is then measured through the nearest neighbor and kernel estimators. The results consistently show that there is a premium associated with the use of computers in the workplace, interpreted as an increase in worker productivity arising from the inclusion of an additional production factor (i.e., the computer). Estimates indicate a premium of around 26% for 2000 and 16% for 2006.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-403
Number of pages22
JournalDeveloping Economies
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Computer
  • Impact evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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