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Measuring ICT Diffusion in OECD Countries


  • Dirk Pilat
  • Nadim Ahmad
  • Paul Schreyer


This paper examines the measurement of ICT diffusion, with a particular focus on investment. It explores the problems that exist in producing reliable measures of ICT investment and comparing them across countries. Special attention is also given to issues associated with the measurement and comparison of ICT prices. The paper also points to work that is currently underway, at the OECD and elsewhere, to further improve the international comparability of measures of ICT investment.

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  • Dirk Pilat & Nadim Ahmad & Paul Schreyer, 2004. "Measuring ICT Diffusion in OECD Countries," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 98, pages 11-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:cii:cepiei:2004-2qa

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    Investment; ICT; Hedonic Prices; Measurement;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence


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