Measuring the Information Economy 2002

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With over 80 indicators based on the most up-to-date official statistics, this study provides a comprehensive international comparison of OECD Member countries' performance in the information economy. New indicators address emerging policy issues: international differences in the quality and price of the ICT infrastructure, diffusion of Internet technologies in larger and smaller firms, relative size of cross-border electronic transactions, barriers to Internet commerce. This publication combines statistical rigour with easy access and readability: the essential findings are presented in bullet points, and methodological notes on indicators and data sources are provided. For the first time data annexes with time series for the ICT sector are available.


Resources for the Information Economy

The contribution of the information economy to overall economic growth and performance is related to the amount of resources devoted to new information technologies, whether in terms of consumption, investment or innovative efforts. This chapter looks first at the share of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in total investment. Investment in ICT establishes the infrastructure for the use of ICT and provides productive equipment and software to businesses, which helps raise labour productivity growth. Statistics on ICT investment are therefore an important indicator of the diffusion of ICT. While ICT investment has accelerated in most OECD countries over the past decade, the pace of that investment differs widely. Data availability and measurement of ICT investment based on national accounts (SNA93) vary considerably across OECD countries, especially as regards measurement of investment in software, deflators applied, breakdown by institutional sector and temporal coverage.


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