The Impact of ICT on Firms’ Productivity: - A study on ICT investments and usage with Swedish micro data
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ICT investments, ICT usage, labor productivity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203607DiVA: diva2:637068
Eriksson, Stefan, Lektor
Elinder, Mikael, Biträdande lektor