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Technological Shocks and IT Revolutions

  • Raouf Boucekkine
  • David de la Croix
  • Yiannis Vailakis

We investigate and interpret sorne of the properties of a multi-sectoral growth model with endogenous embodied technical change in the light of the ongoing debate on the viability of an IT based growth regime. In particular. we illustrate the two main views of the 1995-2000 IT boom in the USA. If it only cornes from productivity gains in the production of hardware and/or softwares, and even though these gains are permanent, the story could be just one of temporary massive capital deepening and no long term growth effect. In contrast, if this boom relies on productivity gains in R&D, there is room for a permanent IT growth regime associated with a permanent accumulation of both hardware and software.

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Volume (Year): 68 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 75-89

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