OECD Digital Economy Papers

ISSN :
2071-6826 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/20716826
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The OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI) undertakes a wide range of activities to better understand how information and communication technologies (ICTs) contribute to sustainable economic growth and social well-being. The OECD Digital Economy Papers series covers a broad range of ICT-related issues and makes selected studies available to a wider readership. They include policy reports, which are officially declassified by an OECD Committee, and occasional working papers, which are meant to share early knowledge.
 

Measuring the Broadband Bonus in Thirty OECD Countries You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Shane Greenstein1, Ryan McDevitt2
Author Affiliations
  • 1: Northwestern University, United States

  • 2: University of Rochester, United States

Publication Date
19 Apr 2012
Bibliographic information
No.:
197
Pages
22
DOI
10.1787/5k9bcwkg3hwf-en

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This paper provides estimates of the economic value created by broadband Internet using measures of new gross domestic product and consumer surplus. The study finds that the economic value created in 30 OECD countries correlates roughly with the overall size of their broadband economies. In addition, price and quality data from the United States suggest that widespread adoption of broadband Internet has occurred without a dramatic decline in prices, which reflects an unobserved increase in broadband quality that conventional government statistics do not capture.