Computer Use and Productivity Growth in US Federal Government Agencies, 1987-92
The authors examine the impact of information technology on productivity in the public sector econometrically using data from the BLS Federal Productivity Measurement Program and from Computer Intelligence Infocorp and by interviewing some government officials. They estimate a production function for government services that includes information technology capital as an input and find a strong positive relationship across federal agencies between productivity growth and computer-intensity growth during the period 1987-92, controlling for growth in compensation and other outlays per employee and in the number of employees. The authors' estimates are consistent with the hypothesis that there are 'excess returns' to information technology capital. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Volume (Year): 46 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
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