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Information Technology and Australia’s Productivity Surge


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  • Dean Parham

    (Productivity Commission)

  • Paul Roberts

    (Productitivity Commission)

  • Haishun Sun

    (Productivity Commission)

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    This paper finds that the rapid update of information and communication technologies contributed to Australia’s strong productivity performance in the 1990s and the contribution to labour productivity growth was at least as strong as it was in the US. Australia generated a productivity improvement of 1.1 per cent from information and communication technology use and other factors.

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    Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0110006.

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    Length: 152 pages
    Date of creation: 19 Oct 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0110006

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    Keywords: information technology - communications - productivity - IT - ICT - capital - computer - growth accounting;

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    1. Paul Schreyer, 2000. "The Contribution of Information and Communication Technology to Output Growth: A Study of the G7 Countries," OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers 2000/2, OECD Publishing.
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    Cited by:
    1. Abbas Valadkhani, 2003. "An Empirical Analysis of Australian Labour Productivity," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(3), pages 273-291, 09.
    2. Engelbrecht, Hans-Jurgen & Xayavong, Vilaphonh, 2006. "ICT intensity and New Zealand's productivity malaise: Is the glass half empty or half full?," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 24-42, March.
    3. Valadkhani, Abbas, 2006. "Labour Productivity in Iran," Economics Working Papers, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia wp06-13, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
    4. Thierry Tressel, 2008. "Does Technological Diffusion Explain Australia's Productivity Performance?," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 08/4, International Monetary Fund.
    5. Joanne Loundes, 2002. "Cost Focussed Firms and Internet Usage," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2002n29, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    6. Chee Kong Wong, 2004. "Information Technology, Productivity and Economic Growth in China," Economics Discussion / Working Papers, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics 04-21, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
    7. Parham, Dean, 2005. "Les gains de productivité au moyen de l’usage des technologies de l’information : l’expérience australienne," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 81(1), pages 143-164, Mars-Juin.


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