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The Role of ICT on the Spanish Productivity Slowdown

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  • Mas, Matilde
  • Quesada, Javier

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The paper presents a quantification of Spanish productivity performance over the last two decades –with a special mention to the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It makes use of the capital service data -recently released by the BBVA Foundation- exploiting its sectoral break down. It concentrates in twenty six industries belonging to the business (non-primary) sectors of the economy. These industries are further grouped in two clusters according to their intensity in the use of ICT capital. Our results show that the ICT cluster as a whole has presented the most dynamic behaviour. However, some important differences can be detected, both among the industries included in the cluster and also over the period under consideration. A growth accounting exercise allows us to conclude that the Spanish economy shows notable inefficiencies, as identified by negative Total Factor Productivity (TFP) contributions to productivity growth during the period 1985-2004. However, the ICT intensive cluster has reversed its behaviour since 2000, driving a modest resurgence of labour productivity in Spain over the 2000-2004 period.

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  • Mas, Matilde & Quesada, Javier, 2006. "The Role of ICT on the Spanish Productivity Slowdown," MPRA Paper 15828, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:15828
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    1. Manuel A. Hidalgo Pérez & Jesús Rodríguez López & José Mª O.Kean Alonso, 2008. "Labor demand and information technologies: evidence for Spain, 1980-2005," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2008/13, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
    2. Escudero, Verónica & López Mourelo, Elva, 2012. "Improving Competitiveness and Fostering Productivity in Spain/Mejorar la competitividad y fomentar la productividad en España," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 105-136, Abril.
    3. Martínez, Diego & Rodríguez, Jesús & Torres, José L., 2008. "The productivity paradox and the new economy: The Spanish case," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 1569-1586, December.
    4. Mas, Matilde & Quesada, Javier, 2005. "Déficit tecnológico y crecimiento económico en España
      [Technological deficit and economic growth in Spain]
      ," MPRA Paper 15836, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2005.
    5. Mas, Matilde & Quesada, Javier & Robledo, Juan Carlos, 2007. "Las nuevas tecnologías y la competitividad industrial
      [New technologies and industrial competiveness]
      ," MPRA Paper 15826, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2007.
    6. Diego Martínez López & Jesús Rodríguez López, 2006. "The role of new technologies in the economic growth of Andalucia," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2006/19, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
    7. Montes-Solla, Paulino & Faiña Medín, J. Andres & Lopez-Rodriguez, Jesus, 2015. "Regional development in Spain 1989-2010: capital widening and productivity stagnation," MPRA Paper 72921, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Jesús Rodríguez López & Diego Martínez López, 2006. "New technologies and economic growth: a regional approach. The case of Andalucia," Working Papers 06.27, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
    9. Diego Martínez & Jesús Rodríguez, 2009. "New technologies and regional growth: the case of Andalucía," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 43(4), pages 963-987, December.

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    Keywords

    Growth Accounting; Productivity; Information and Communication Technologies;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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