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Title: ICT investment, productivity and efficiency: evidence at firm level using a stochastic frontier approach
Authors: Paganetto, Luigi
Becchetti, Leonardo
Londono Bedoya, David Andres
Issue Date: Sep-2000
Publisher: CEIS
Series/Report no.: Quaderni CEIS; 126
Abstract: We analyse the determinants of ICT investment and the impact of information technology on productivity and efficiency on a representative sample of small and medium sized Italian firms. In order to test different theoretical predictions from the ICT literature we evaluate the impact of investment in software, hardware and telecommunications of these firms on a series of intermediate variables and on productivity. Among intermediate variables we consider the demand for skilled workers, the introduction of new products and processes and the rate of capacity utilisation. Among productivity measures we include total factor productivity, the productivity of labour, and the distance from the "best practice" by using a stochastic frontier approach. Our results help show that the positive effect of ICT investment on firm efficiency can be more clearly detected at firm level data by decomposing it into software and telecommunications investment. We find that software investment increases the de...
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2108/139
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