ICT Adoption in Italian Manufacturing: Firm-Level Evidence

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Silvia Fabiani

Bank of Italy

Fabiano Schivardi

Luiss Guido Carli - Department of Economics and Finance; Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Sandro Trento

Bank of Italy

Date Written: April 2005

Abstract

We study the information and communication technologies (ICT) adoption choices of Italian manufacturing firms, investigating the factors, both at the firm and at the environmental level, that speed up or slow down the adoption. We use a survey of 1500 manufacturing firms interviewed in 2001 to monitor ICT investments in Italy. Indicators of the local industrial structure are derived from the National Institute for Social Security database, which covers the whole population of Italian firms. We relate ICT adoption to two sets of variables. First, we consider firm-specific variables, such as size, human capital, the composition of the workforce and organizational indicators that the literature on technology adoption cites as potential factors in determining the optimal rate of investment in ICT. Second, given the network aspect of many ICT, particularly internet-based applications, we investigate whether the local industrial structure affects adoption patterns even after controlling for individual characteristics. Our results indicate that the most important determinants are size, the human capital of the workforce and the presence of large firms in the local environment. ICT adoption also tends to be associated with changes in a firm`s organizational structure.

Keywords: exposure visualization, PIMEX, real-time monitoring, risk communication, task analysis, video exposure monitoring, workplace improvement strategy

Suggested Citation

Fabiani, Silvia and Schivardi, Fabiano and Trento, Sandro, ICT Adoption in Italian Manufacturing: Firm-Level Evidence (April 2005). Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 225-249, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=914649

Silvia Fabiani (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

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Fabiano Schivardi

Luiss Guido Carli - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Viale Romania 32
Rome, Rome 00187
Italy

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )

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Rome, 00187
Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Sandro Trento

Bank of Italy

Via Nazionale 91
Research Department
00184 Roma
Italy

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