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Informational Mobility and Productivity - Finnish Evidence

  • Maliranta, Mika
  • Rouvinen, Petri

The labor productivity effects of portability and connectivity of information and communication technology (ICT) are studied with Finnish firm-level data. It is found that a computer with only processing and storage capabilities boosts labor productivity by 9% (corresponding to 5% output elasticity), portability by 32%, wireline connectivity by 14%, and wireless connectivity by 6%. The findings are in line with previous literature and comparisons to ICT costs suggest that firms equate marginal costs and returns. Although increasing ICT penetration can no longer be a major source of productivity growth in developed economies, the relatively new characteristics studied can.

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 919.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:919
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