This paper analyzes the determinants of computer use by male employees and estimates the impact of computer use on the employment status for older workers, based on individual data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). In line with previous research on the diffusion of new technologies, a strong and negative relationship between the age of workers and computer use is found. The correlation between educational level, occupational status and hourly wage on computer use is significantly positive. However, the estimated impact of computer use on the change in employment status of older workers becomes insignificant when controlling for individual and firm-specific characteristics.
Schleife, Katrin (2004), Computer Use and the Employment Status of Older Workers - An Analysis Based on Individual Data, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 04-62, Mannheim. Download