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The Productivity Paradox and the New Economy: The Spanish Case

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  • Jesús Rodríguez López

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    (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • Diego Martínez López

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    (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • José Luis Torres Chacón

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    (Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica, Universidad de Málaga)

Abstract

This paper studies the impact of the information and communication technologies (ICT) on economic growth in Spain using a dynamic general equilibrium approach. Contrary to previous works, we use a production function with six different capital inputs, three of them corresponding to ICT assets. Calibration of the model suggests that the contribution of ICT to Spanish productivity growth is very relevant, whereas the contribution of non-ICT capital has been even negative. Additionally, over the sample period 1995-2002, we find a negative TFP and productivity growth. These results together aim at the hypothesis that the Spanish economy could be placed within the productivity paradox.

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Paper provided by Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 07.01.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pab:wpaper:07.01

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Keywords: New economy; information and communication technologies; technological change; productivity paradox.;

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Cited by:
  1. Diego Martínez & Jesús Rodríguez-López & José L. Torres, 2008. "Productivity growth and technological change in Europe and the U.S," Working Papers 2008-10, Universidad de Málaga, Department of Economic Theory, Málaga Economic Theory Research Center.
  2. Manuel A. Hidalgo Pérez & Jesús Rodríguez López & José Mª O.Kean Alonso, 2008. "Labor demand and information technologies: evidence for Spain, 1980-2005," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2008/13, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
  3. Jesus Lopez-Rodriguez & Diego Martinez, 2014. "Beyond the R&D effects on innovation: the contribution of non-R&D activities to TFP growth in the EU," Working Papers 2014/16, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  4. Jesús Rodríguez López & José Luis Torres Chacón, 2009. "Technological sources of productivity growth in Japan, the U.S. and Germany," Working Papers 09.09, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2010.
  5. Vu, Khuong M., 2013. "Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Singapore’s economic growth," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 284-300.
  6. Diego Martínez & Jesús Rodríguez & José L. Torres, 2008. "ICT-specific technological change and productivity growth in the US 1980-2004," Working Papers 2008-4, Universidad de Málaga, Department of Economic Theory, Málaga Economic Theory Research Center.
  7. Mostafa SALIMIFAR & Mehdi BEHNAME, 2013. "Information Technology And Productivity Growth In Islamic Countries," Romanian Journal of Economics, Institute of National Economy, vol. 36(1(45)), pages 128-135, June.

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