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An Anatomy of Growth and Decline: High-tech Industries Through the Boom and Bust Years, 1997-2003


  • Beckstead, Desmond
  • Brown, W. Mark


This paper tracks the growth and decline of information and communications technology (ICT) industries that were synonymous with the so-called new economy boom of the late-1990s and its subsequent bust period in the early 2000s. The analysis focuses on the question of whether the ICT bust has been accompanied by a structural shift illustrated by less firm turnover. It shows that to date there is little evidence of a structural shift. Entry rates of new establishments within the ICT sector were above those of other sectors within the economy during both the ICT boom and bust. This is evidence that both firms and entrepreneurs continued to see opportunities to develop new products and markets even during a time of retrenchment. The location of the ICT sector also show little evidence of a change.

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  • Beckstead, Desmond & Brown, W. Mark, 2005. "An Anatomy of Growth and Decline: High-tech Industries Through the Boom and Bust Years, 1997-2003," Insights on the Canadian Economy 2005010e, Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis Division.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp2e:2005010e

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    1. Beckstead, Desmond & Burrows, Sean & Gellatly, Guy, 2007. "New Economy: Using National Accounting Architecture to Estimate the Size of the High-technology Economy," The Canadian Economy in Transition 2007015e, Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis Division.


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