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Information technology investment and firm performance in US retail trade

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  • Mark Doms
  • Ron Jarmin
  • Shawn Klimek

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We examine the relationship between investments in information technology (IT) and retail firm performance. We use untapped firm and establishment micro data from the Censuses of Retail Trade and the Assets and Expenditures Survey. We show that large firms account for most retail IT investment, employment, and establishment growth. We find evidence of a significant relationship between IT investment intensity and productivity growth.

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  • Mark Doms & Ron Jarmin & Shawn Klimek, 2004. "Information technology investment and firm performance in US retail trade," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(7), pages 595-613.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:13:y:2004:i:7:p:595-613 DOI: 10.1080/1043859042000201911
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