The Diffusion of Electronic Business in the U.S.
FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2004-009B
34 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2005
Date Written: October 2004
We provide a recent account of the diffusion of electronic business in the U.S. economy using new data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. We document the extent of the diffusion in three main sectors of the economy: retail, services, and manufacturing. For manufacturing, we also analyze plants' patterns of adoption of several Internet-based processes. We conclude with a look at the future of the Internet's diffusion and a prospect for further data collection by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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