DP1907 Computers and the Demand for Skilled Labour: Industry and Establishment-Level Panel Evidence for the United Kingdom

Author(s): Jonathan Haskel, Ylva Heden
Publication Date: June 1998
Keyword(s): Computers, Skill-Biased Technological Change, Wage Inequality
JEL(s): J31
Programme Areas: Human Resources
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We use two UK panel data sets to investigate skill-upgrading in the United Kingdom and how it has been affected by computerization. Census data reveals that most aggregate skill-upgrading is explained by within-firm rises in skill composition. Such upgrading is significantly related to computerization, a relation that is robust to different worker and computer types, endogeneity, human capital upgrading and other technology measures.