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ICT and Economic Growth: A Quantification of Productivity Growth in Spain 1985-2002


  • Matilde Mas

    (Universitat de Valencia and Ivie)

  • Javier Quesada

    (Universitat de Valencia and Ivie)


Using new sectoral data on investment and capital services we carry out a growth accounting exercise on Spain 1985-2002. We compute the contribution to output and labour productivity growth of employment, non-ICT and ICT capital, labour qualification and Total Factor Productivity. Results are given for 29 different branches; individually and grouped into four clusters according to their ICT use intensity. Three ICT assets (hardware, communications and software) are considered. We find that although the ICT intensive group appears to be the most dynamic cluster, most of the impact on productivity is still to come. There is some evidence of a reversal of the productivity slow down of the nineties starting in the year 2000. En utilisant de nouvelles données sectorielles sur les investissements et services de capital, nous menons à bien un exercice de comptabilité de croissance de l’Espagne entre 1985 et 2002. On calcule la contribution à la croissance et la productivité du travail, de l’emploi du capital TIC et non TIC, de la qualification de main d’oeuvre et de la productivité globale des facteurs. Les résultats sont donnés pour 29 différentes branches, individuellement et réparties en quatre groupes, selon l’intensité d’utilisation de leur TIC. Trois actifs des TIC sont considérés (le matériel, les communications et les logiciels). Nous trouvons que bien que le groupe le plus intensif en TIC apparaisse comme le plus dynamique, un impact encore plus important sur la productivité est attendu. En 2000, on constate une certaine accélération de la croissance de la productivité après le ralentissement des années 90.

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  • Matilde Mas & Javier Quesada, 2005. "ICT and Economic Growth: A Quantification of Productivity Growth in Spain 1985-2002," OECD Statistics Working Papers 2005/4, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:stdaaa:2005/4-en

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    1. Prados de la Escosura, Leandro & Rosés, Joan R., 2009. "The Sources of Long-Run Growth in Spain, 1850-2000," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 69(04), pages 1063-1091, December.
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