Ict, Innovation and Business Performance in Services: Evidence for Germany and the Netherlands

29 Pages Posted: 15 May 2004 Last revised: 18 Dec 2013

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Thomas Hempell

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

George van Leeuwen

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Research

Henry van der Wiel

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Research

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Using panel data for German and Dutch firms from the services sector, this paper analyses the importance of ICT capital deepening and innovation for productivity. We employ a model that takes into account that innovation and ICT use may be complementary. The results show that the contribution of ICT capital deepening is raised when firms combine ICT use and technological innovations on a more permanent basis. Moreover, the joint impact of ICT use and permanent technological innovation on productivity appears to be of the same order of magnitude in the two countries. However, the direct impacts of innovation on multi-factor productivity seems to be more robust for Germany than for the Netherlands.

Keywords: Productivity, Information and Communication Technologies, Innovation, Services, Panel Data

JEL Classification: C23, D24, L80, O32

Suggested Citation

Hempell, Thomas and Leeuwen, George van and Wiel, Henry van der, Ict, Innovation and Business Performance in Services: Evidence for Germany and the Netherlands (2004). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 04-006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=545183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.545183

Thomas Hempell (Contact Author)

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
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Germany

George van Leeuwen

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Research ( email )

P.O. Box 80510
2508 GM The Hague, 2585 JR
Netherlands

Henry van der Wiel

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Research ( email )

P.O. Box 80510
2508 GM The Hague, 2585 JR
Netherlands

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