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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Measurement agenda for the digital economy

Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective maps existing indicators drawn from a wide range of areas including education, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic outcomes against current digital economy policy issues, as reflected in the OECD Internet Policy Principles OECD (2011b). By doing so, it identifies gaps in the current measurement framework and assesses progress made by some initiatives towards filling these gaps. The overarching objective of Measuring the Digital Economy is to advance the measurement agenda, including in areas highlighted by the OECD in its broadband metric checklist (see Box 1), so as to better monitor the pervasive role of ICTs and the Internet in the broader economy and their contributions to delivering jobs and growth.


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