Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/167620
Authors: 
Bertschek, Irene
Polder, Michael
Schulte, Patrick
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 17-030
Abstract: 
ICT-intensive firms are often found to have a better performance than their non-ICTintensive counterparts. Along with investing in ICT capital they have to adapt their production and business processes in order to reap the potentials implied by the use of ICT. Are these firms also more resilient in times of crisis? We study this question by exploiting a novel and unique data set from the Microments Database. Covering 12 countries, 7 industries and the period from 2001 to 2010, the data allow us to distinguish between ICT-intensive and non-ICT-intensive firms within industries. We find evidence that indeed during the crisis in 2008 and 2009, ICT-intensive firms were hit less hard with respect to their productivity. This holds in particular for firms from service industries. Moreover, ICT-intensive firms were also more successful in introducing process innovations during that period which could explain their better productivity performance compared to non-ICT intensive firms.
Subjects: 
ICT
innovation
productivity
economic crisis
resilience
meso-level data
JEL: 
H12
J24
O31
O47
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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