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New technologies and the labor market

Enghin Atalay (), Phai Phongthiengtham (), Sebastian Sotelo and Daniel Tannenbaum

Journal of Monetary Economics, 2018, vol. 97, issue C, 48-67

Abstract: Using newspaper job ad text from 1960 to 2000, we measure job tasks and the adoption of individual information and communication technologies (ICTs). Most new technologies are associated with an increase in nonroutine analytic tasks, and a decrease in nonroutine interactive, routine cognitive, and routine manual tasks. We embed these interactions in a quantitative model of worker sorting across occupations and technology adoption. Through the lens of the model, the arrival of ICTs broadly shifts workers away from routine tasks, which increases the college premium. A notable exception is the Microsoft Office suite, which has the opposite set of effects.

Keywords: Income inequality; Information and communication technologies; Occupational choice; Routine and nonroutine tasks; Technological change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J20 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jmoneco.2018.05.008

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