Computers and Productivity: How Firms Make a General Purpose Technology Work

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2006 - 194 lappuses

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) create potentials for considerable productivity gains and for higher economic growth. However, ICTs also pose varied challenges to firms in order to benefit from these potentials. Highlighting the importance of innovations, firm-sponsored training, and recruitment of high-skilled workers, this monograph analyses why and to what extent firms differ in their capabilities to make ICT work productively. The work also comprises a detailed discussion of economic theory concerning ICT use and complementary firm strategies. In addition it provides a comprehensive treatment of various methodological issues concerning the measurement of firm-level productivity in econometric analyses.

 

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Introduction
1
Impacts of ICT as a general purpose technology
9
22 Generalpurpose properties of ICT
12
23 ICT productivity and complementarities
15
231 Contributions to productivity
16
232 Complements to ICT use
22
233 A theoretical model of complementarities
25
24 Empirical evidence for Germany
29
422 Innovative capabilities and the role of experience
105
423 Specifics of innovation in services
108
424 Empirical model
111
43 Data
114
44 Empirical results
118
442 Discussion and alternative explanations
125
45 Conclusions
127
46 Appendix
129

241 ICT diffusion
31
242 Corporate strategies associated with ICT use
37
25 Conclusions
49
26 Appendix
51
262 Tables
53
Contributions of ICT to firm productivity
57
32 Theoretical and methodological issues
59
331 A model of ICTinduced quality improvements
61
332 Reference framework
64
333 Extensions
65
34 Data
68
35 Empirical results
72
352 Extensions
80
36 Conclusions
87
37 Appendix
89
372 Imposing common factor restrictions by minimum distance
92
373 Tables
94
ICT productivity and innovations
101
42 Theoretical background
103
ICT productivity and human capital investments
133
52 Theoretical issues
136
522 Theoretical hypotheses
140
53 Empirical approach
141
531 Correlations in factor choice
142
532 Productive interactions
144
533 Training incentives from ICT investment?
146
54 Data
147
55 Empirical results
150
551 Correlated factor choice
151
552 Complementarities in the production function
156
553 Wage cost effects and training incentives
160
56 Conclusions
162
57 Appendix
163
572 Tables and graphs
167
Conclusions
175
References
183
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