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Computerization, Composition of Employment, and Structure of Wages

Robert Plant, Manuel Santos and Tarek Sayed
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Robert Plant: University of Miami
Manuel Santos: University of Miami
Tarek Sayed: University of Miami

No 2017-09, Working Papers from University of Miami, Department of Economics

Abstract: Technology investment has been consistently growing since the 1950s when the mainframe started to impact the organization followed by the introduction of the PC in the early 1980s. Mainframes and minicomputers evolved into a distributed environment, which later gave way to the mobile platform, and to the machine to machine interactions. We study the impact of these technology episodes on US labor market trends. We focus on the composition of employment, varying compensation premiums across occupations, as well as a declining labor income share. We isolate some job attributes which have resisted computerization.

Keywords: Technology eras; computerization; job attributes; education attainment; structured vs. unstructured work; social perceptiveness. Publication Status: Submitted (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I24 J01 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-his, nep-ict and nep-ure
Date: 2017-08-28
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