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Computer Investment, Computer Networks and Productivity

  • Sang Nguyen
  • B.K. Atrostic

Researchers in a large empirical literature find significant relationships between computers and labor productivity, but the estimated size of that relationship varies considerably. In this paper, we estimate the relationships among computers, computer networks, and plant-level productivity in U.S. manufacturing. Using new data on computer investment, we develop a sample with the best proxies for computer and total capital that the data allow us to construct. We find that computer networks and computer inputs have separate, positive, and significant relationships with U.S. manufacturing plant-level productivity. Keywords: computer input; information technology; labor productivity

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 05-01.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:05-01
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