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New Economy: Using National Accounting Architecture to Estimate the Size of the High-technology Economy

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  • Burrows, Sean
  • Beckstead, Desmond
  • Gellatly, Guy

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This paper illustrates how the statistical architecture of Canada's System of National Accounts can be utilized to study the size and composition of a specific economic sector. For illustrative purposes, the analysis focuses on the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and hence, on the set of technology-producing industries and technology outputs most commonly associated with what is often termed the high-technology economy. Using supply and use tables from the input-output accounts, we develop integrated ICT industry and commodity classifications that link domestic technology producers to their principal commodity outputs. We then use these classifications to generate a series of descriptive statistics that examine the size of Canada's high-technology economy along with its underlying composition. In our view, these integrated ICT classifications can be used to develop a richer profile of the high-technology economy than one obtains from examining its industry or commodity dimensions in isolation.

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Paper provided by Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis in its series The Canadian Economy in Transition with number 2007015e.

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Date of creation: 21 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp1e:2007015e

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Keywords: Economic accounts; Information and communications technology; Information and communications technology sector; Input-output accounts;

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  1. Gu, Wulong & Baldwin, John R., 2008. "Outsourcing and Offshoring in Canada," Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series 2008055e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.

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