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Not only Nokia: what Finland tells us about "new economy" growth

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  • Francesco Daveri
  • Olmo Silva

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"Is there a relation between information technologies and the growth rate of productivity? Is this relation mainly due to the efficiency-enhancing effects of few leading industries or rather to the pervasive spreading of IT throughout the economy? Our country study on Finland in the 1990s is a contribution to shed light on these issues. We find that Nokia, the world leader in cellular phone production, directly and substantially contributed to enhance productivity growth in Finland. Productivity growth gains outside Nokia and few other IT-related service industries have been small, temporary, or non-existent at all, though. We also provide two pieces of evidence against the existence of technological spillovers between Nokia and the other fast-growing industries in the Finnish economy. As shown by the Finnish input-output table, the thinness of the inter-industry linkages between the Nokia industry and the rest of the economy indicates that productivity gains of the size recorded in the few other fast-growing service industries can be associated to Nokia's productivity boom only to a very small extent. Parallel statistical analysis also shows a striking association between the timing and the industry distribution of productivity gains and the declining pace of the price of machinery and equipment investment goods in those industries. This is evidence that TFP growth increases in those industries should be mostly attributed to the decline in the world price of computing power." Copyright � CEPR, CES, MSH, 2004..

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Article provided by CEPR & CES & MSH in its journal Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 19 (2004)
Issue (Month): 38 (04)
Pages: 117-163

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecpoli:v:19:y:2004:i:38:p:117-163

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Cited by:
  1. Elina Berghäll, 2006. "Technical Change, Efficiency, Firm Size and Age in an R&D Intensive Sector," Discussion Papers 390, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  2. Davide Consoli & Francesco Vona & Toni Saarivirta, 2013. "Analysis of the Graduate Labour Market in Finland: Spatial Agglomeration and Skill--Job Match," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(10), pages 1634-1652, November.
  3. Jaakko Kiander, 2004. "The Evolution of the Finnish Model in the 1990s: from Depression to High-tech Boom," Discussion Papers 344, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  4. Elina Berghäll, 2006. "Technical Efficiency in an R&D Intensive Industry: Finnish ICT Manufacturing," Discussion Papers 389, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  5. Daniel Lind, 2008. "ICT Production and Productivity in Sweden and Finland, 1975-2004," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 17, pages 40-51, Fall.
  6. Elina Berghäll, 2008. "Revealing Agglomeration Economies with Stochastic Frontier Modelling in the Finnish ICT Industry," Discussion Papers 435, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  7. Saarivirta, Toni & Consoli, Davide, 2007. "Where Did They Go? A Study on Newly Established Universities and Graduate Mobility in Finland," MPRA Paper 11377, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Elina Berghäll, 2006. "R&D and Productivity Growth in Finnish ICT Manufacturing," Discussion Papers 388, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  9. Francesco Venturini, 2009. "The long-run impact of ICT," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 497-515, December.
  10. Elina Berghäll & Cees vanBeers & Tom Poot, 2004. "Foreign Direct Investment and Science and Technology Infrastructure in Small Countries: Evidence from Finland and the Netherlands," Discussion Papers 357, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  11. Emanuele Forlani, 2010. "Competition in the Service Sector and the Performances of Manufacturing Firms: Does Liberalization Matter?," CESifo Working Paper Series 2942, CESifo Group Munich.
  12. Nikulainen, Tuomo & Pajarinen, Mika, 2013. "Industry restructuring in the ICT sector – What does labor mobility tell us about skill relatedness and knowledge spillovers?," ETLA Working Papers 17, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  13. Schilirò, Daniele, 2005. "Economia della conoscenza,istituzioni e sviluppo economico
    [Knowledge-based economy, institutions and economic development]
    ," MPRA Paper 31492, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  14. Daniel Lind, 2005. "Manufacturing Productivity in Sweden: an International Perspective Since 1960," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 11, pages 47-56, Fall.
  15. Maliranta, Mika & Nikulainen, Tuomo, 2008. "Labour Force Paths as Industry Linkages: A Perspective on Clusters and Industry Life Cycles," Discussion Papers 1168, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  16. Shahid Yusuf & Kaoru Nabeshima, 2012. "Some Small Countries Do It Better : Rapid Growth and Its Causes in Singapore, Finland, and Ireland," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2243, October.

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