Computerization in France: An Evaluation Based on Individual Company Data

22 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2003

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Bruno Crepon

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - National School for Statistical and Economic Administration (ENSAE); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Thomas Heckel

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE)

Abstract

In this article we evaluate the contribution of information and communication technologies (ICT) to the growth of value added during the past 15 years in France. Following North American studies, we use traditional growth accounting methods to assess the relative size of two types of contribution: on the one hand the effect of the use of information technologies (IT) on growth due to the accumulation of IT capital taking place within all industries; on the other hand the contribution of the production of ICT to growth due to the strong total factor productivity (TFP) gains achieved in the industries producing ICT. We use individual company data aggregated by industry, which provide us with a measure of the firm's computer stock and makes a detailed investigation possible.

Suggested Citation

Crepon, Bruno and Heckel, Thomas, Computerization in France: An Evaluation Based on Individual Company Data. Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 48, pp. 77-98, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=309468

Bruno Crepon (Contact Author)

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - National School for Statistical and Economic Administration (ENSAE) ( email )

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France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Thomas Heckel

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) ( email )

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75675 Paris Cedex 14
France
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