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ICT and Economic Growth

Evidence from OECD countries, industries and firms

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This report examines the impacts of ICT on business performance and the policies that can help seize its benefits. It argues that ICT remains an important technology for the years ahead, as ICT networks have now spread throughout the economy. What counts now is how the technology should be made to work.

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Main Findings

The 2001 OECD Ministerial report, “The New Economy: Beyond the Hype”, concluded that information and communications technology (ICT) is important and has the potential to contribute to more rapid growth and productivity gains in the years to come. Both the 2001 and 2002 OECD Ministerial meetings reiterated the importance of ICT for growth performance and requested the OECD to continue its work in this area. A specific request for further work on ICT and business performance was made to the OECD in the autumn of 2001, by the US Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Evans. This report, which responds to OECD Ministers and Secretary Evans, revisits the contribution made by ICT to economic performance using more recent data to assess the degree to which the empirical findings that appeared valid at the end of 2000 remain in tact. It draws on a range of new statistics and empirical analysis that was not available for prior OECD work...

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