We would like to thank participants in the Latin America Econometric Society Meeting for helpful comments and suggestions. We would also like to thank anonymous referees for their valuable comments. David Bravo thanks the Millennium Science Initiative (Project P07S-023-F) for financial support. Loreto Silva provided able research assistance. The usual disclaimer applies.
WAGES AND WORKPLACE COMPUTER USE IN CHILE
Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Authors. The Developing Economies © 2011 Institute of Developing Economies
The Developing Economies
Volume 49, Issue 4, pages 382–403, December 2011
How to Cite
BENAVENTE, J. M., BRAVO, D. and MONTERO, R. (2011), WAGES AND WORKPLACE COMPUTER USE IN CHILE. The Developing Economies, 49: 382–403. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1049.2011.00144.x
- Issue online: 22 NOV 2011
- Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2011
- First version received May 2010; final version accepted June 2011
- Impact evaluation
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.