The Effect of the Internet on Wages

12:00 pm February 21, 2018

HBS Cotting House Conference Room, 1st floor

Abstract: Who benefits from technology adoption in the workplace? I combine worker-level wage data with information on broadband adoption by Brazilian firms to estimate the effects of broadband on wages. Overall, wages increase 2.3 percent following broadband adoption, but consistent with the theory of biased technological change, wages increase the most for workers engaged in non-routine cognitive tasks. Within-firm wage inequality increases following broadband adoption.

Speaker Bio: Chris Poliquin is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. His main areas of interest are organizational economics, public policy, and technology.


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