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.


The ICT Sector

There is no immediate reason why a country with a small or no ICT-producing industry, should not benefit from the positive effects on growth of new information technologies. Yet, the question of the role of the ICT-producing sector has been debated, in particular from the perspective of a comparison of European economies with that of the United States. What is the ICT sector? What is its size, how fast it is growing, what is its contribution to economic activity? How do OECD countries compare in terms of specialisation in ICT production?


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