Rural Development Research Report No. (RDRR-95) 37 pp

December 2002

Wage Premiums for On-the-Job Computer Use: A Metro and Nonmetro Analysis

An analysis of on-the-job computer use shows that such use is more common in metro areas than in nonmetro areas. A substantial wage premium, 10 to 11 percent, is associated with using a computer on the job, even after other job and worker characteristics are taken into account. However, this wage premium accounts for only a small proportion of the wage differences between metro and nonmetro areas. In nonmetro areas, the computer use wage premium is only about 6 percent.

Keywords: Wages, skills, computers, rural, nonmetro

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