Measuring the Digital Transformation

A Roadmap for the Future

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Measuring the Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for the Future provides new insights into the state of the digital transformation by mapping indicators across a range of areas – from education and innovation, to trade and economic and social outcomes – against current digital policy issues, as presented in Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives. In so doing, it identifies gaps in the current measurement framework, assesses progress made towards filling these gaps and sets-out a forward-looking measurement roadmap. The goal is to expand the evidence base, as a means to lay the ground for more robust policies for growth and well-being in the digital era.

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Value added and jobs

Measuring the value added generated by information industries only provides a partial view of their weight in each economy. In addition to final products, the output from domestic information industries is embodied via intermediate products in a wide range of goods and services meeting final demand (business capital investment, and household and government consumption), both domestically and abroad. Similarly, the output from other industries is embodied in many information products through domestic interconnections and participation in global value chains (GVCs); the glass in a smartphone screen is one example. Global demand for information industries’ goods and services through international trade and investment can drive the activities of many other upstream domestic industries. Combining the value added generated by domestic information industries with the value added of other domestic industries embodied in global demand for information sector products constitutes a first step towards defining an “extended information footprint” (OECD, 2017a).



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