Digitalisation in Austria: State of Play and Reform Needs

Final Report, European Union, 2019

199 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019

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Werner Hölzl

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Julia Bock-Schappelwein

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Klaus Friesenbichler

Austrian Institute of Economic Research

Agnes Kuegler

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Andreas Reinstaller

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Peter Reschenhofer

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Bernhard Dachs

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Martin Risak

University of Vienna - Department of Labour Law and Law of Social Security

Date Written: March 4, 2019

Abstract

The report provides an overview and an analysis of the state of digitalization in Austria’s economy. The findings are mixed. Austria performs well in the manufacturing industries but is lagging in the service sector compared to the innovation leader countries of the “European Innovation Scoreboard”. The diffusion gap goes hand in hand with low adoption rates in microenterprises, SMEs and is reinforced by modest industrial dynamics in Austria. Reform needs arise regarding the promotion if ICT skills and competences of the workforce. The policy framework is currently in a phase of re-organization.

Keywords: digitalisation, innovation, ICT, Austria, tasks, skills, SME, adoption, patents, policy

JEL Classification: O14, O31, O33, O38, J24, J23, L50, L88

Suggested Citation

Hölzl, Werner and Bärenthaler-Sieber, Susanne and Bock-Schappelwein, Julia and Friesenbichler, Klaus and Kuegler, Agnes and Reinstaller, Andreas and Reschenhofer, Peter and Dachs, Bernhard and Risak, Martin, Digitalisation in Austria: State of Play and Reform Needs (March 4, 2019). Final Report, European Union, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3429514

Werner Hölzl (Contact Author)

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

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Wien, A-1103
Austria

Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

Julia Bock-Schappelwein

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

Klaus Friesenbichler

Austrian Institute of Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

Agnes Kuegler

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

Andreas Reinstaller

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

Peter Reschenhofer

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

Bernhard Dachs

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology ( email )

Donau-City-Straße 1
Vienna, 1220
Austria

Martin Risak

University of Vienna - Department of Labour Law and Law of Social Security ( email )

Schenkenstrasse 8 - 10
Wien, 1010
Austria

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