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ICT as a source of output and productivity growth in Finland

Jukka Jalava () and Matti Pohjola ()

Telecommunications Policy, vol. 31, issue 8-9, 463-472

Abstract: This paper analyses the impacts of information and communications technology on output and labour productivity growth in Finland in 1995-2005. Information and communications technology (ICT) accounted for 1.87 percentage points of the observed labour productivity growth at the average rate of 2.87 per cent. The contribution from increases in ICT capital intensity was 0.46 percentage points. The rest is attributed to multi-factor productivity growth in ICT production, especially in telecommunications production. The ongoing outsourcing of ICT production to low-wage countries provides a threat to productivity performance in the future. Policy makers should consider where the next wave of productivity growth will come from.

Keywords: ICT; Information; and; communications; technology; Economic; growth; Labour; productivity; Multi-factor; productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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