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Measuring the Digital Economy

A New Perspective

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The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change. This report presents indicators traditionally used to monitor the information society and complements them with experimental indicators that provide insight into areas of policy interest. The key objectives of this publication are to highlight measurement gaps and propose actions to advance the measurement agenda.

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Delivering growth and jobs

Investment in ICT goods and services is an important driver of growth. However, in 2012 ICT investment as a share of GDP and gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) was significantly lower than the peak reached in 2000 in nearly all OECD countries for which data are available. Data for 26 OECD countries show that ICT investment dropped from 3.2% to 2.3% of GDP, and from 13.8% to 12.1% of total investment between 2000 and 2012.

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