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Computer Adoption and Returns in Transition
Economics Working Papers (2002–2016)
  • Yemisi Kuku, Iowa State University
  • Peter F. Orazem, Iowa State University
  • Rajesh Singh, Iowa State University
Document Type
Working Paper
Publication Date
Working Paper Number
WP #04021, 2006
Across nine transition economies, it is the young, educated, English-speaking workers with the best access to local telecommunications infrastructures that work with computers. These workers earn about 25% more than do workers of comparable observable skills who do not use computers. Controlling for likely simultaneity between computer use at work and labor market earnings makes the apparent returns to computer use disappear. These results are corroborated using Russian longitudinal data on earnings and computer use on the job. High costs of computer use in transition economies suppress wages that firms can pay their workers who use computers.
File Format
41 pages
Citation Information
Yemisi Kuku, Peter F. Orazem and Rajesh Singh. "Computer Adoption and Returns in Transition" (2006)
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