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Human Capital and Growth of Information and Communication Technology-intensive Industries: Empirical Evidence from Open Economies


  • Gavin Murphy
  • Iulia Siedschlag


Murphy G. and Siedschlag I. Human capital and growth of information and communication technology-intensive industries: empirical evidence from open economies, Regional Studies . This paper examines the effect of human capital on the growth of information and communication technology (ICT)-intensive industries using data from a sample of open economies over the period 1980--1999. The econometric analysis suggests that value added and employment in ICT-intensive industries grew relatively faster in countries with a higher ex-ante human capital stock and in countries with a fast improvement in human capital. Further, in countries with fast human capital accumulation, labour productivity in ICT-intensive industries grew faster. The results are robust to controls for other determinants of industry growth and country characteristics affecting industry specialization and to using alternative human capital measures.

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  • Gavin Murphy & Iulia Siedschlag, 2013. "Human Capital and Growth of Information and Communication Technology-intensive Industries: Empirical Evidence from Open Economies," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(9), pages 1403-1424, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:47:y:2013:i:9:p:1403-1424 DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2010.529115

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    1. FitzGerald, John, 2012. "To Convergence and Beyond? Human Capital, Economic Adjustment and a Return to Growth," Papers WP419, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    2. Murphy, Gavin & Siedschlag, Iulia & McQuinn, John, 2012. "Employment Protection and Innovation Intensity," Papers WP445, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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