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Nuova industria o nuova economia? L'impatto dell'informatica sulla produttivitˆ dei settori manifatturieri in Italia


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  • Alfonso Gambardella

    (Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Pisa)

  • Salvatore Torrisi

    (Università degli Studi di Camerino, Camerin (Macerata))


This paper employs a sample of 3,525 manufacturing firms in Italy to estimate the impact of investments in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) on firms' productivity. The results, which are confirmed by separate estimations for individual industries or groups thereof, support the hypothesis that the ICTs are a general-purpose technology, or a new technological paradigm. This is because, like with electricity, they influence the productivity of firms in many industries, including traditional ones. Moreover, the firms with higher investments in ICTs show higher employment growth. Our results also indicate that there are differences among firms in the propensity to invest in the ICTs, irrespective of their industry.

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Article provided by Economia civile in its journal Moneta e Credito.

Volume (Year): 54 (2001)
Issue (Month): 213 ()
Pages: 39-76

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Handle: RePEc:psl:moneta:2001:13

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Keywords: Firm; Investment; Manufacturing; Productivity;

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  1. Anna Giunta & Francesco Trivieri, 2007. "Understanding the determinants of information technology adoption: evidence from Italian manufacturing firms," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(10), pages 1325-1334.
  2. Nicola De Liso, 2001. "Tecnologie dellÕinformazione e della comunicazione, terziarizzazione e nuova divisione del lavoro digitale," Moneta e Credito, Economia civile, vol. 54(216), pages 425-459.


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