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Employment transitions and computer use of older workers

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Our empirical analysis studies the impact of computer use on out of employment transitions of older workers, disentangling the effect of using a Personal Computer (PC) at work from that of being PC literate. Data are drawn from the 2000, 2002 and 2004 waves of the Bank of Italy Survey on Household Income and Wealth. We provide empirical evidence that, even controlling for a wide set of covariates, older employees who use a PC at work have a higher probability of remaining employed in the future. However, our results also indicate that, once PC literacy is controlled for, the use of a PC at work decreases only marginally the risk of becoming not employed (i.e. the effect is smaller than the one registered when we do not control for PC literacy).

Keywords: J14; J24; J26; ageing; labour supply; retirement; skill-biased technological change

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche,Università di Padova, Padova, Italy 2: Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche,Università di Brescia, Via San Faustino 74/b, I-25100 Brescia, Italy

Publication date: 2013-02-01

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