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Ingredients for the New Economy: How Much does finance matter?


  • Matteo Bugamelli

    () (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Patrizio Pagano

    () (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Francesco Patern�

    () (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Alberto Franco Pozzolo

    () (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Fabiano Schivardi

    () (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Salvatore Rossi

    () (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)


Both macro and (still scarce) micro evidence support the idea that a new economy is emerging in the US, not (yet) in Europe. Some have argued that the inadequacies of Europe�s financial system are an important part of the explanation. This paper, after surveying the existing literature on the new productive paradigm and on the related financial aspects, both in the US and in Europe (in Italy in particular), claims that financing the new economy has more to do with traditional firms investing in ICT than with the creation of new firms in ICT-producing sectors. Saying that finance is a major obstacle in Europe to the development of the new economy may be an overstatement, though countries, like Italy, where the average size of firms is small are probably facing specific difficulties.

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  • Matteo Bugamelli & Patrizio Pagano & Francesco Patern� & Alberto Franco Pozzolo & Fabiano Schivardi & Salvatore Rossi, 2001. "Ingredients for the New Economy: How Much does finance matter?," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 418, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_418_01

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    1. Domenico Delli Gatti & Mauro Gallegati, 2004. "Weird Ties? : Growth, Cycles and Firms Dynamics in an Agent Based-Model with Financial Market Imperfections," Computing in Economics and Finance 2004 288, Society for Computational Economics.
    2. Chiara Oldani, 2005. "L'impatto della New Economy sull'attività bancaria italiana: un'analisi qualitativa," Finance 0504001, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Hyytinen, Ari & Pajarinen, Mika (ed.), . "Financial Systems and Firm Performance. Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives," ETLA B, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, number 200, July-Dece.
    4. Dietrich Domanski, 2003. "Idiosyncratic Risk in the 1990s: Is It an IT Story?," WIDER Working Paper Series DP2003-07, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    growth accounting; information and communication technologies; firm organization; human capital; financing policies.;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • 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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