Information Technology and Australia's Productivity Surge

Productivity Commission Working Paper No. 1681

153 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2001

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Dean Parham

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Productivity Commission

Paul Roberts

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Productivity Commission

Haishun Sun

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Melbourne Office

Date Written: October 11, 2001

Abstract

This paper finds that the rapid uptake of information and communication technologies contributed to Australia's strong productivity performance in the 1990s and the contribution to labour productivity growth was at least as strong as it was in the US. Australia generated a productivity acceleration of 1.1 percentage points from information and communication technology use and other factors. However, the paper also finds that previous studies of both the US and Australia have overstated the contribution of information and communication technologies to trend productivity growth.

Keywords: information technology - communications - productivity - IT - ICT - capital - computer - growth accounting

JEL Classification: O

Suggested Citation

Parham, Dean and Roberts, Paul and Sun, Haishun, Information Technology and Australia's Productivity Surge (October 11, 2001). Productivity Commission Working Paper No. 1681, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=287799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.287799

Dean Parham (Contact Author)

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Productivity Commission ( email )

Level 28, 35 Collins St.
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Australia

Paul Roberts

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Productivity Commission

Level 28, 35 Collins St.
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Australia

Haishun Sun

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Melbourne Office ( email )

Level 28, 35 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

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