Technology, Computers, and Wages: Evidence from a Developing Economy [book]

Chris N. Sakellariou, Anthony Harry Patrinos
2003 Policy Research Working Papers  
Increasing returns to schooling and rising inequality are well documented for developing countries and for some developed countries. The growing demand for skills is associated with recent technological developments. It is argued that computers in the workplace represent one manifestation of these changes. Research in the U.S. and other developed countries documents a premium for computer use. However, there is recent evidence suggesting that computer skills by themselves do not command a wage
more » ... not command a wage premium. This paper uses data from a survey of higher education graduates in Vietnam. The results support the unobserved heterogeneity explanation for computer wage premiums. They also suggest that computers may make the productive workers even more productive.
doi:10.1596/1813-9450-3008 fatcat:3krnar2ncjekrflaedzcfebfc4