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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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Information industries

The contribution of information industries to total industry value added has remained relatively stable over the past ten years. However, important compositional changes have seen a general shift towards IT and other information services, while the weight of ICT manufacturing and telecommunications services has generally declined in OECD countries. The contribution to total value added from Computer, electronics and optical manufacturing, and from telecommunication services, diminished as production shifted to other, mostly non-OECD, economies. Meanwhile, unit prices fell due to productivity growth and increased competition. On average, across OECD countries, the share of Computer, electronic and optical manufacturing dropped from 1.4% in 2006 to 1.1% of total value added in 2016, and fell especially steeply in Finland, Sweden and Ireland. The share of telecommunication services also decreased from 1.9 % to 1.4% on average.

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