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Is IT Driving the U.S. Productivity Revival?

  • Kevin J. Stiroh

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Since 1995, productivity growth has accelerated significantly in the United States. Information technology has always been thought to be the driving force behind this development. In this article by Kevin Stiroh of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York provides strong empirical support for this view. Stiroh finds that the industries that made the largest investments in information technology (IT) in the early 1990s show the largest productivity gains in the late 1990s and that IT capital investment has a large impact of productivity gains. His evidence also supports the view that the U.S. productivity revival is not cyclical in nature, but a long-term or structural phenomenon.

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Article provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its journal International Productivity Monitor.

Volume (Year): 2 (2001)
Issue (Month): (Spring)
Pages: 31-36

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  1. Karl Whelan, 2000. "Computers, obsolescence, and productivity," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2000-06, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  2. Dale W. Jorgenson & Kevin J. Stiroh, 2000. "Raising the Speed Limit: US Economic Growth in the Information Age," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 261, OECD Publishing.
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  7. No authors listed, 2001. "New Economy," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 27(1), pages 1-9.
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