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ICT Use and Productivity: A Synthesis from Studies of Australian Firms


  • Productivity Commission


The increased use of information and communications technology (ICT) has helped to raise Australia’s productivity growth, according to a new Commission study. It has enabled firms to innovate in what they do and how they do it. ICT Use and Productivity: A Synthesis from Studies of Australian Firms concludes that the stronger growth in the use of ICT in the second half of the 1990s added up to 1/2 a percentage point in the acceleration in annual labour productivity growth, principally as firms used additional ICT in place of additional labour.

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  • Productivity Commission, 2004. "ICT Use and Productivity: A Synthesis from Studies of Australian Firms," Development and Comp Systems 0410005, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0410005
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    1. Thierry Tressel, 2008. "Does Technological Diffusion Explain Australia’s Productivity Performance?," IMF Working Papers 08/4, International Monetary Fund.
    2. repec:eee:ijoais:v:11:y:2010:i:2:p:79-104 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Centre for the Study of Living Standards, 2005. "What Explains the Canada-US ICT Investment Intensity Gap?," CSLS Research Reports 2005-06, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    4. Jenny Gordon, 2016. "Australia's Productivity: Some Insights from Productivity Analysis," Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 3(2), pages 173-186, May.

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    ABS; Australian Bureau of Statistics; Business; DITR Department of Industry; Tourism and Resources; ICTs; Information and Communication Technologies; OECD; Productivity;

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    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • P - Economic Systems

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