Productivity, Workplace Performance and ICT: Industry and Firm-Level Evidence for Europe and the Us

28 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2005

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Nicola Matteucci

Marche Polytechnic University - Department of Economics

Mary O'Mahony

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR); University of Birmingham - Business School

Catherine A. Robinson

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics; Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Abstract

This paper considers the contribution of information and communications technology (ICT), to international productivity performance. It first uses an international industry data set and a growth accounting framework, to show that ICT has typically had a lower impact on productivity in Europe than in the US, although there is considerable variation within Europe. The paper also analyses the European situation in greater depth by examining micro-economic data from Germany, Italy and the UK. While direct comparisons between the national findings are difficult, the results suggest that the UK experience with ICT has been closer to the US than other European countries.

Suggested Citation

Matteucci, Nicola and O'Mahony, Mary and Robinson, Catherine A. and Zwick, Thomas, Productivity, Workplace Performance and ICT: Industry and Firm-Level Evidence for Europe and the Us. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 359-386, July 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=758632

Nicola Matteucci (Contact Author)

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Mary O'Mahony

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University of Birmingham - Business School

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Catherine A. Robinson

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Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics ( email )

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