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Use of ICTs and the Economic Performance of SMEs in East Africa

Susanna Wolf and Shyamal Chowdhury ()

No DP2003-06, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper assesses the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their impact on the economic performance of small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) of three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Findings of the paper suggest that the diffusion of ICT among East African SMEs is both industry and country specific. The empirical findings suggest that investment in ICT has a negative impact on labour productivity and a positive impact on general market expansion.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Information technology; Labor productivity; Small business (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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