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The Impact of ICT on Firms’ Productivity: - A study on ICT investments and usage with Swedish micro data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Different factors affect a country’s economic growth, where one piece of the puzzle is the firms’ productivity. In order to reach a higher productivity, it is important for firms to know what investments to make. Information and communication technology (ICT) is typically seen as something that increases the productivity, but the relationship might not be completely certain. This thesis investigates how investments in ICT and usage of ICT affect Swedish firm’s labor productivity. The model is based on a Cobb-Douglas production function with a fixed effects approach and the firm level data used comes from two annual surveys. The results show that ICT investments have a positive and statistically significant effect on labor productivity. ICT usage given a certain investment seems to affect labor productivity positively, while ICT usage alone has a negative impact.

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ICT investments, ICT usage, labor productivity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203607DiVA: diva2:637068
Available from: 2013-07-16 Created: 2013-07-16 Last updated: 2013-07-16Bibliographically approved

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