Digitalisation in European regions: Unravelling the impact of relatedness and complexity on digital technology adoption and productivity growth
Stefan Apostol and
No 2317, Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) from Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography
Digitalisation has become a clear policy objective. Regions want to digitalise their economies to benefit from the digital world. This paper provides empirical evidence on how the adoption of new digital web technologies is shaped by previous regional digital capabilities. The analysis is based upon an economic complexity and relatedness framework using novel data on digital web technologiesâ€™ adoption for 278 European NUTS-2 regions between years 2000-2022. Results show that regions tend to adopt new digital web technologies when they already master related digital capabilities. This paper also shows how digital complexity is associated with labour productivity gains at the regional level. Conclusions shed light on how regions are adopting digital web technologies and serve as a tool for policymakers.
Keywords: Digitalisation; digital web technologies; relatedness; economic complexity; productivity; European regions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L86 O14 O33 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-08, Revised 2023-08
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