Information Technology and Productivity Growth: German Trends and OECD Comparisons

Information Technology and Productivity Growth: German Trends and OECD Comparisons

by Theo S. Eicher, Thomas Strobel


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Theo S. Eicher and Thomas Strobel present an industry-level account of the recent changes in German productivity growth and compare the trends to Europe and the US. The specific focus is on how differential investments in information and communication technologies (ICT) affected the economic performance of these economies.

Not all industrialized countries shared the economic fortunes that ICT presented to the US economy. While the US experienced successive accelerations in its trend growth in 1995 and again in 2000, Germany experienced dual reductions in labor productivity growth. Some European economies fared better and others even worse than Germany. Since productivity is the ultimate determinant of living standards, the authors examine the sources of these productivity differentials. They also present a new German growth accounting database that utilizes unique ICT investment data, sourced directly from the industries, to place their findings into an international context.

This book is targeted at economists and policymakers alike, and is designed to provide clear guidance for those interested in industrial policy and statistical account methods.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848440913
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Ifo Economic Policy Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Theo S. Eicher, Professor and Robert R. Richards Distinguished Scholar, University of Washington, Seattle, US and Affiliate Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany and Thomas Strobel, Economist, Department of International Institutional Comparisons, Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich, Germany

Table of Contents

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Deriving New Economy Data at the Industry Level 3. Industry Origins of the US Productivity Accelerations and Germany’s Productivity Slump 4. ICT Intensity and Productivity Growth: An International Comparison 5. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Productivity: Software Investments as the Decisive Driver 6. Education and ICT Investment Complementarities 7. Industry Productivity, R&D Intensity, and ICT Investment References Index

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