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ICT and Productivity Growth in the 1990's: Panel Data Evidence on Europe

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  • Christian M. Dahl

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    (University of Southern Denmark, CEBR and CREATES)

  • Hans Christian Kongsted

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    (University of Copenhagen, CAM and CEBR)

  • Anders Sørensen

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    (Copenhagen Business School and CEBR)

Abstract

What has been the quantitative effect on productivity growth of information and communication technology (ICT) in Europe after 1995? Based on a multi-country sectoral panel data set, we provide econometric evidence of positive and signi?cant productivity effects of ICT in Europe, mainly due to advances in total factor productivity. The impact of ICT in Europe has happened against a negative macro economic shock not related to ICT. This is in contrast to the established evidence for the US. Our main results challenge the consensus in the growth-accounting literature that there has been no acceleration of productivity growth in Europe, mainly due to a dismal performance of ICT-using sectors.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2010-47.

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Date of creation: 25 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:aah:create:2010-47

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Keywords: Labor productivity; total factor productivity; information and communications technology; panel data methods.;

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  1. Atella, Vincenzo & Carbonari, Lorenzo, 2012. "When elders rule: is gerontocracy harmful for growth?," MPRA Paper 36574, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Raquel Ortega-Argilés, 2012. "The Transatlantic Productivity Gap: A Survey Of The Main Causes," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 26(3), pages 395-419, 07.

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