The role of ICT and Business Services in Italy
Enrico Saltari ()
No 152, Working Papers from University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics
This paper studies the role played by ICT in affecting the efficiency of business services (BS) industry, using a structural disequilibrium model of the Italian economy. The Italian BS sector presents a peculiar dynamics (compared to other EU countries) in that, after initially improving its efficiency by adopting ICT, from the early 90s it stagnated. Our estimatessuggest that this anomaly can be traced back to a structural deficiency in absorbing new technologies. Our contribution adds to the explanations of the slowdown of the Italian productivity.
Keywords: business services; technologial adoption; disequilibrium model. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L84 L86 O33 C51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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