Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/40282
Authors: 
Stobbe, Antje
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Research notes in economics & statistics 01-6
Abstract: 
From a macroeconomic perspective the term "new economy" describes a phenomenon of persistent strong and low-inflation growth due to the large diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT). This paper looks into Europe's position with respect to the new-economy phenomenon. Section III classifies the internet as a new general purpose technology (GPT). The prerequisites for the structural change induced by the internet on the micro-level are analysed in Section IV which compares the diffusion of ICT in various European countries. Section V presents findings of several empirical studies on productivity growth in Europe which look into the relation between ICT spending and labour productivity growth. Finally, the paper analyses determinants of total factor productivity growth which are of special importance in Europe.
Subjects: 
new economy
productivity growth
ICT
general purpose technology
JEL: 
O47
P52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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