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The contribution of ICT to economic activity: a growth accounting exercise with Spanish firm-level data

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  • Ignacio Hernando

    () (Banco de España)

  • Soledad Núñez

    () (Banco de España)

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This paper applies a well-established growth accounting framework to measure the contribution of ICT inputs to output and labour productivity growth in Spain, using a sample of 1300 firms per year over 1991-2000. Firm-level data are helpful to overcome the availability lags and the mismeasurement of capital stocks associated with the use of aggregate data. We find that: 1) The use of ICT inputs has made a positive and significant contribution to output and productivity growth. 2) This contribution was higher in the second half of the 1990s. 3) At a sectoral level, there is a general rise in the share of ICT in total capital and a general reduction in ICT cost shares. (Copyright: Fundación SEPI)

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  • Ignacio Hernando & Soledad Núñez, 2004. "The contribution of ICT to economic activity: a growth accounting exercise with Spanish firm-level data," Investigaciones Economicas, Fundación SEPI, vol. 28(2), pages 315-348, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:iec:inveco:v:28:y:2004:i:2:p:315-348
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    Keywords

    Information and communication technologies; growth accounting; technological change;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L63 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment

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