Do Information and Communication Technologies Empower Female Workers? Firm-Level Evidence from Viet Nam

Published By: Asian Development Bank Institute (ADB) | Published Date: May, 22 , 2018

This paper studies the effects of firms’ investments in information and communication technologies (ICT) on their demand for female and skilled workers. Using the gradual liberalization of the broadband Internet sector across provinces from 2006 to 2009 as a source of exogenous variation to identify the causal impacts of ICT, it finds evidence from the country’s comprehensive enterprise survey data that firms’ adoption of broadband Internet and other related ICT increased their relative demand for female and college-educated workers. The effect of ICT on firms’ female employment is particularly strong among the college-educated workers, and is stronger in industries that are more dependent on highly manual and physical tasks.

Author(s): Natalie Chun, Heiwai Tang | Posted on: May 31, 2018 | Views() | Download (145)

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